July 24, 2021

New York City makes illegal fireworks arrests as complaints skyrocket

As complaints of illegal fireworks skyrocket in New York City, the mayor says he’s establishing a task force to crack down on sales.

So far this June, fireworks complaints have soared to 13,109 — compared to 32 complaints at this point in June 2019.

The task force — made up of 10 NYPD officers, 12 FDNY fire marshals and 20 members of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation — will target those supplying, distributing and possessing large amounts of illegal fireworks, the mayor’s office said Tuesday morning.

“We’re cracking down on this activity at the source to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers and the ability of our neighbors to get some sleep,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

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