Video shows Roman candle battle erupting on Chicago street

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CHICAGO — Video of a Roman candle fireworks fight in Chicago has gone viral. It was posted to YouTube Tuesday and already has over 250,000 video views and counting.

Redeye Senior Photo Editor Lenny Gilmore captured a photo of the battle, and wrote about it on his Tumblr page. He said it happened in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on Western Avenue.

“Roman candle battle on Western Ave. in Chicago. between 2 rival gangs. But also ( as a local resident described ) between friends who all knew each other and grew up together.  I did the same thing with my friends in the suburbs… not with the same context however. No one got hurt and the police came and broke it up.”

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