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Offline Shelby2

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It seems the way they plan to crack down on the fireworks is to address the suppliers who bring the fireworks into the city in the first place. I don't see any mention of trying to crack down on people who are setting them off.

https://nypost.com/2021/06/09/de-blasio-vows-crackdown-on-dangerous-and-illegal-fireworks/

De Blasio promises to crack down on ‘dangerous’ and illegal fireworks

"The city will crack down on dangerous and noisy illegal fireworks after Roman candles and bottle rockets flooded the city streets during the tumultuous summer of 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

“Each summer, we look forward to the right kind of fireworks … but we also know there’s a real problem with the wrong kind of fireworks,” de Blasio said during his daily virtual press conference.

“Illegal fireworks are noisy, they disrupt the peace in neighborhoods, but they can also be dangerous, and we have to understand how important it is to ensure that illegal fireworks are confiscated, so they can’t do harm to people in communities.”

In June 2020, 8,967 complaints of illegal fireworks were reported to the city’s 311 system from June 1 through June 21, which represents more than 320 times the 28 such calls made during the first three weeks of June 2019.

The mayor said law enforcement will “go after” people taking fireworks from other states, in order for the Big Apple to have a calmer summer compared to last year, when fireworks were set off nearly every night in the five boroughs.

“We’re going after the people who bring the fireworks into New York City to begin with,” Hizzoner said.

“We’re getting right at the source. … This is what is going to help us have a safer summer.”

The fireworks task force will have 32 officers, including 12 FDNY fire marshals and 10 deputy sheriffs, according to Sheriff Joseph Fucito. They will work in cooperation with state police in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, said Fucito.

“What the task force is looking to do is to develop information on who the major suppliers are,” he said Wednesday during the morning press conference.

“We’re going to look to interdict these illegal fireworks as they come into New York City — so, if we can get them before they get into the city, it’s a good thing for the people. We also want to target the sellers who peddle the illegal fireworks.”

Offline Jeffsayyes

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Re: Mayor announces crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of July 4
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2021, 07:04:01 AM »
If they just have a car on 73rd Street and Broadway, they'll catch a bunch

Offline ClydeM

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Re: Mayor announces crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of July 4
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2021, 11:27:22 PM »
If they just have a car on 73rd Street and Broadway, they'll catch a bunch

If they put a car at 90th and points East, they will catch a bunch of fireworks and a whole lot more.

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Re: Mayor announces crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of July 4
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2021, 10:03:14 PM »
This is all a bit ironic. For the first time since living here over 2 decades it's a war zone outside.

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Re: Mayor announces crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of July 4
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2021, 10:13:30 AM »
Agree.  I have never heard fireworks going off all night long like that. 

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Re: Mayor announces crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of July 4
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2021, 06:40:01 PM »
Yeah, that worked out well. I was woken up at 1:30AM because poorly aimed Roman candles were bouncing off my windows. I called 911 (twice), but this crap continued for another two hours. I finally got back to sleep but woke up to the police calling me at 5:10 to see if I still needed assistance. Thanks a bunch 115th!