On Tuesday night, Worcester homeowner Libis Bueno was watching TV when he heard a loud bang from his front yard.
Libis wasn’t sure if the sound was a gunshot, a car backfiring, or something else.
So, he checked his video surveillance system and there it was: a firework exploding on his front yard, narrowly missing his house.
“To my surprise, it was a firework that had hit the house and exploded,” Libis told me. “What if we weren’t home? The grass was dry, the house could have caught fire.”
Just over a week ago, on Preston Street, authorities say fireworks caused heavy damage to a triple-decker, leaving eleven people homeless.
The increased use of illegal fireworks has residents rattled in cities all across New England.
In Worcester, the city recently established an anonymous fireworks tip line. In a week, 900 people have called it.