We're still more than four months out from the Fourth of July, but the fireworks started early in Sicily this week. Reuters reports Mount Etna experienced its first eruption of 2017, sending lava skyward above the Italian island on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, brilliant spurts from the volcano, which has been pretty quiet over the past couple of years, had died down somewhat, but not before millions caught a glimpse of the eruption's live-streams online.
A live video could be found at IlMeteo, which called the eruption "spectacular," as well as at Skyline. The event was said to be a particularly fun one, a type called a Strombolian eruption, which Universe Today describes as "one of the most beautiful to watch," featuring "huge blobs of lava and hot rocks bursting from the volcano's vent" (it's also said to be one of the less-dangerous forms of explosions, volcanically speaking). The Local notes the eruption could be seen from Catania and Taormina, though flights to and from Catania's airport weren't affected. (Experts are concerned about a supervolcano near Naples.)