Store Employee Goes Viral for Walking Away From Teens Igniting Fireworks Indoors

After a group of juveniles set off fireworks inside a local grocery store, footage has gone viral online of one exasperated employee walking away from the scene.

According to a report from Fox9, a Hy-Vee grocery store in Eagan, Minnesota, was forced to temporarily close after a group of teenagers allegedly set off several fireworks on display in the store, causing a fire.

A spokesperson for the Eagan Police Department told KARE-TV that law enforcement and firefighters were called in at about 2:19 p.m. Monday, noting that there was "considerable smoke" indoors after teens lit a fireworks display. The fire was put out by 4 p.m., and police officers later arrested their teen suspects. No one was injured.

WATCH: A group of kids reportedly set a fireworks display on fire in the aisle of a Hy-Vee grocery store in Eagan, Minn. Monday afternoon. https://t.co/lqxbqSncfp pic.twitter.com/LyduaRLjmG

— FOX 9 (@FOX9) June 22, 2021

The incident has since gone viral on Twitter, after Fox9 posted footage it obtained of the fire starting. In the 10-second clip, an unidentified male employee stocking shelves looks over to see the flames. He calmly puts his cellphone in his pocket and walks away from the growing fire.

The clip has been viewed over 1.3 million times and liked by more than 10,000 viewers, many of whom sympathized with the employee, whom they felt was "not paid enough" to handle the situation.

"No way in hell he should try and stop that fire while making minimum wage with no insurance," one viewer tweeted. "He does not get paid enough to deal with this," another added.

"To people saying 'Oh he should have done something-' No, he shouldn't. Those are fireworks... he gets injured, that's the companies job to pay his medical bills for said injury, and most companies will tell you 'Stay away from it' to avoid having to pay medical bills," one Twitter user wrote.

The way that employee recognized, documented, and walked away from the Thing They So Don't Get Paid Enough To Deal With is the biggest fucking mood https://t.co/ONrN93t3Or

— The Ike Dyke🌹🏳️‍🌈 (@quijotescx) June 23, 2021

Several also used the platform's quote retweet function to add additional thoughts, again sympathizing with the employee.

"The way that employee recognized, documented, and walked away from the Thing They So Don't Get Paid Enough To Deal With is the biggest f*****g mood," one posted. "As a cashier that gets paid $9 and hour and [doesn't] get benefits, no f*****g way am i going anywhere near that. dude had the right idea. not our problem," another store worker sympathized.

According to the Eagan Hy-Vee's Facebook account, the incident forced the store to close for 24 hours to properly ventilate and clean the affected area, referring to the incident as "unforeseen circumstances."

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On Tuesday, the store said that it was back in business.

"Your Eagan Hy-Vee is NOW OPEN! Thank you for your patience and understanding. Huge kudos to our Helpful Smile Strong team who rocked it the last 24hours!" it posted.

According to the report from Fox9, the teenagers—ages 14, 15 and 16—were later released from police custody. It was not immediately clear if the Dakota County Attorney's Office would be pursuing charges against them.

Newsweek reached out to Hy-Vee for comment, but the company is "referring all inquiries to the local police and fire department."

"We are very fortunate that no one was injured in this incident," the spokesperson added.

Newsweek also reached out to the Eagan Police Department for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

In October 2020, another boy made headlines for his firework escapade. The young child launched himself 10 feet into the air after he dropped a live firecracker down a manhole.

Teens set off fireworks in Hy-Vee
A group of minors allegedly set off in-store fireworks at a Hy-Vee store in Minnesota. The incident has gone viral on Twitter as footage emerged of an exasperated employee walking away from the scene. JOSEPH EID / AFP/Getty Images