Cuomo blasts ‘dangerous’ and ‘illegal’ fireworks surge in New York City as July 4 holiday approaches – The Sun

NY Gov Andrew Cuomo blasted the scourge of "dangerous, illegal" fireworks in NYC ahead of the July 4 weekend.

Cuomo addressed the ongoing issue during his press briefing on Monday, saying at night "it sounds like the wild west" in the five boroughs. 

"Fireworks are dangerous and fireworks are illegal," the Queens-born governor told reporters. "It sounds like the wild west."

"I’ve never heard it like this before," he added. "They’re disturbing people, they bother people and they are dangerous." 

Cuomo said the NYPD need to "enforce the law" when it came to this situation, which has escalated in areas like

He also said that although the state was helping local officials to enforce the law, they needed to do their part too.

The Sun reached out to the NYPD and the police department, who confirmed they had been contending with a surge in these illegal pyrotechnics in places like Brooklyn.

Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell said from January 1, 2020 to June 21, 2020, there were a whopping 11,535 311 calls for illegal fireworks versus 54 during the same time period in 2019.

She revealed 4,559 of these 311 calls occurred in the borough of Brooklyn between June 1 to June 21, 2020.​

Cops dealt with 13,315 911 calls for illegal fireworks from January 1, 2020 to June 21, 2020, compared to 1,007 during the same time period in 2019.

They said that 12,578 of these calls were received between June 1, 2020 and June 21, 2020.​

As a result of this dramatic increase, Mayor de Blasio announced a  Illegal Fireworks Task Force to address the illegal use, transport, and distribution of them.

This is comprised of made up NYPD officers, fire marshals, and members of the Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

But Cuomo appeared to call out the mayor considering the uptick in these incidents in NYC, saying "I need the local government to take this seriously." 

The governor said he will endeavor to stop the fireworks from making there way into the state via places like Pennsylvania, after De Blasio also vowed to crack down on the issue.

"We're going to start a huge sting operation to go and get these illegal fireworks at the base," the mayor said.

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