SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — City of Syracuse residents have been calling and emailing NewsChannel 9 about illegal fireworks where you live and how it’s keeping you up late at night. Syracuse Police have made some significant strides in shutting the roadside firework shows down.
After hundreds of complaints, the City of Syracuse says there have been five “large seizures” of fireworks in the city, thanks to the help of neighbors reporting them. At least 14 tickets have been issued for shooting off or possessing fireworks.
Syracuse Police and members of the Syracuse Fire Department have been patrolling in areas with the most firework complaints in an effort to stop people from lighting them off.
“We have heard loud and clear from neighbors in virtually every part of the city that fireworks are an issue. And I am quick to point out that it is not just a quality of life issue, which is significant because people need some peace and quiet, but it is also a safety issue,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said.
Mayor Walsh says fireworks have started fires and even in years that aren’t this active, people get injured.
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