New York City makes illegal fireworks arrests as complaints skyrocket

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.

PHOTO: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference in Queens, New York, April 10, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters, FILE)

Tuesday night, the NYPD and New York City sheriff’s office released photos of dangerous illegal fireworks seized in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

On Staten Island, fire marshals have arrested two men for allegedly possessing of more than $6,000 worth of illegal fireworks. They will be charged with reckless endangerment and the unlawful dealing of fireworks, police said.

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The NYPD on Tuesday said it was searching for the man who threw a lit firework on a sleeping homeless person early Monday.

The firework exploded and the victim suffered burns to his back.

The mayor on Tuesday also announced new plans for this year’s Macy’s 4th of July fireworks.

Instead of one big fireworks show on July 4, New York City and Macy’s will provide a series of shows on different nights that are five minutes each to promote social distancing.

PHOTO: Fireworks explode during Juneteenth celebrations above Brooklyn, New York, June 19, 2020. (John Minchillo/AP)

De Blasio said the displays will be brought to all five boroughs with shows starting on June 29.

The finale will be on July 4 from the top of the Empire State Building, he said.

New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, entered phase two of reopening on Monday, with hair salons and barber shops opening their doors, as well as restaurants for outdoor dining.

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