I remember back in the 50’s we would gather up all the tree in the neighborhood and place them in a small garage on the block we lived and save them for year years eve! Then someone would lite them up and we just watched them go up! they were in a safe place
across the street in the dirt grounds from us away from any buildings or people.We watched till we heard the fire dept coming then ran away.We did it a number of years in a row then it ended. Not something I would consider today but it was a different time..