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Los Angeles mayor’s fireworks warning proves lethal — to a watermelon, anyway

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Phantom Fireworks’ Chris Beeler shares tips to stay safe.

Phantom Fireworks’ Chris Beeler shares tips to stay safe.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s laudable attempt to warn of the dangers of fireworks may have backfired when his PSA video instead showcased a fun use for the mini-explosives — igniting fruit.

Garcetti tweeted out a video on his Twitter account Monday showing a watermelon being “completely destroyed” by a firework that he said was the size of a stick of gum.

“#Fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and even small ones can cause a lot of damage,” he said.

#Fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and even small ones can cause a lot of damage.

This watermelon was completely destroyed by a firework the size of a stick of gum.

🎆 This #FourthOfJuly be safe, find a professional show near you: https://t.co/gow9utbD5K pic.twitter.com/KHqrJZDVba

The impact of the statement was probably not helped by the video’s creative use of slow motion, which showed the full awesomeness of the watermelon’s demolition — perhaps even encouraging thrill seekers to emulate the stunt.

Users on Twitter seemed to believe the same, with responses suggesting that it was only going to instigate the behavior it was trying to discourage. 

Millions of people thinking the same thing: How can I get my hands on some of these awesome gumstick fireworks? https://t.co/LGnSQgj0L5

“Awesome!  Please provide exact details on firework used,” one user tweeted. “100% doing that this 4th of July.”

“I hope you realize this was the best possible advertisement for fireworks to any male age 10-23,” said another.

⚠️ Important reminder ⚠️ from @LACity and @LAFD: Fireworks are illegal in the city of L.A. and dangerous.

Go to https://t.co/gow9utbD5K to find a safe, legal 🎆 show near you. #4thofJuly2018 pic.twitter.com/XtNXZUHfnO

Mayor Garcetti later tweeted out a video promoting the same message and encouraging residents to “find a safe, legal show near you” but this time without the presence of exploding fruit.

 

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering U.S. and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached here.