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After several complaints, Rome police adding patrols to curb use of illegal fireworks

Rome police have been working with city officials to address the flood of complaints they’ve received about the use of illegal fireworks across the city.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 1:39 PM

ROME, N.Y. – Rome police have been working with city officials to address the flood of complaints they’ve received about the use of illegal fireworks across the city.

Police are struggling to handle firework investigations, because they say it is difficult to pinpoint where the detonations are coming from.

“While we understand and agree with the public’s frustration, fireworks investigations are very difficult by their nature. Our officers almost have to be in the area while they’re happening and must be able to identify the individual possessing or deploying them,” said Deputy Chief of Police Kevin Simons. “This can only be accomplished by a witnessing officer or a witnessing complainant who is willing to file a complaint and provide a supporting deposition.  The department has made several arrests in the past couple weeks of individuals choosing to violate this law.”

As a reminder, below are lists that differentiate legal and illegal fireworks.

What kind of fireworks are legal? 

  • Sparkling fountains (cylindrical and cone)
  • Sparklers on wooden sticks, but not metal
  • Smoking devices
  • Snakes
  • Confetti-filled party poppers
  • Paper-wrapped snappers

What kind of fireworks are not legal? 

Bottle rockets and other fireworks that fly, such as:

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Spinners
  • Other aerial devices

Rome police will increase patrols during Fourth of July weekend, in an attempt find people letting off illegal fireworks, especially in hotspots where there have been several complaints.

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