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Oh, so now I can't shoot fireworks at a Lambo from a helicopter?

Katie Notopoulos   

Oh, so now I can't shoot fireworks at a Lambo from a helicopter?
  • A YouTuber, Alex Choi, faces federal charges after filming a video with fireworks targeting a Lamborghini from a helicopter.
  • Authorities say he was filming without a permit and illegally using fireworks on federal land. They revoked the pilot's license.

We used to be a country that was founded on the immutable principles of freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, you can't even shoot fireworks at a Lamborghini from a helicopter for a YouTube video without the nanny state getting involved!

Federal authorities arrested the YouTuber Alex Choi on Thursday on charges stemming from a Fourth of July video he posted last summer. In the video, two women shoot fireworks from a helicopter at a blue Lamborghini set to Miley Cyrus' song "Party in the USA."

Choi, a car influencer with 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, typically posts videos of various stunts with sports cars, like using his Lamborghini to tow other cars or filming passenger reactions as he rapidly accelerates while driving on streets.

The video "Destroying a Lamborghini With Fireworks," which contained a paid promotion, has been removed from YouTube (a mirror of it exists on Instagram).

A criminal complaint filed by the US attorney's office in California's Central District says that Choi violated the law during the filming of the video. He faces one count of causing the placement of an explosive or incendiary device on an aircraft. He also filmed on Bureau of Land Management land without a permit or insurance and used fireworks on BLM land, the charging documents say.

The charging papers also say the Federal Aviation Administration investigated the video, which was filmed in the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed in San Bernadino, California. The agency revoked the helicopter pilot's license in December.

The Associated Press reported that Choi appeared in court Thursday and was released on a $50,000 bond. He's set to be arraigned on July 2.

This isn't the first time a YouTuber has gotten in trouble for a stunt.

In 2021, a YouTuber intentionally crashed a plane in California for a video and had to serve six months of jail time for the stunt. A few weeks ago, the city of Seattle fined an Instagrammer $83,621 over penalties for reckless driving of a modified car he called the "Belltown Hellcat."

Choi did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to his management agency.

Now, sure, the stunt was wildly dangerous, and not just to the Lamborghini driver — recklessly setting off illegal fireworks in California comes with a risk of wildfire. (In case it's not clear, we're speaking in jest. Seriously: Don't do this.)

But the spirit and creativity of this stunt? Our Founding Fathers would be proud.

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