After mass all the kids light up volcancitos, chiltepes, estrellitas, misiles, tronadores, varitas, etc.... all night there is a constant sound of crackers and a smell of powder in the air.
Then the excitement starts picking up as we get towards midnight. I have attached a 10 minute video where you will see and hear the lights and crackers going off starting five minutes after midnight to 5 minutes after midnight.
You will see that at some point of time I start running, that is because one the boxes of light flipped and started shooting all the light towards people!
Even though the economy situation definitely influenced the amount of money spent on powder it is still and impressive show of sight, smell and sound.
PS.I talked to Flora in Xela (Quetzaltenango) she said over there there were more firecracker and other fireworks than lights.