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Impromptu fireworks show on the Bay Bridge brings excitement, condemnation

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) A group of drivers stopped traffic Tuesday night on the Bay Bridge for a show.

No, not a sideshow. The drivers set off a number of fireworks at the mid-point of the Bay Bridge, treating city residents and other drivers to an unexpected but enjoyable show.

Enjoyable, seemingly for everyone except California Highway Patrol.

According to SFist, the 10-15 cars involved in what is being called a flash mob stopped along the Bay Bridge around 7:45 p.m. and proceeded to light off fireworks. Drivers reportedly stopped at the midway portion of the San Francisco stretch of the bridge right after Yerba Buena Island, hopped out of their cars, lit off the fireworks and returned to their cars.

It's unclear what, if anything, the spontaneous fireworks show was celebrating.

Despite the seemingly innocuous inconvenience, CHP noted that it was looking to arrest some "suspects" in the case but have yet to address any potential leads or make arrests. Most of the drivers who were held up in traffic or observers who saw the impromptu fireworks show seemed less upset and more excited by the event.

According to CHP, their emergency dispatch was "flooded" with calls regarding the fireworks show.

While fireworks are not illegal in California, each municipality has local regulations surrounding the use and distribution of fireworks. It's somewhat unclear what exactly CHP would prosecute these drivers for other than delaying traffic and stopping on the Bay Bridge, which are both punishable by a fine. Fireworks are illegal in both Oakland and San Francisco.

No one was injured in the impromptu fireworks show and the delay reportedly lasted less than 15 minutes.

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