NYSP forms task force to help with fireworks issues across the state

During a briefing on Monday, the governor announced New York State Police will for a "Fireworks Enforcement Detail", meant to seek out illegal fireworks and expand powers for law enforcement.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 10:38 PM

UTICA- During a briefing on Monday, the governor announced New York State Police will start a "Fireworks Enforcement Detail", meant to seek out illegal fireworks and expand powers for law enforcement. He said it's to help with the increased number of fireworks complaints across the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed his dissatisfaction for fireworks going off. "I've never heard it like this before," he said. "They are disturbing and they are bothering people and they are dangerous."

He says the primary supplier for New York State is Pennsylvania. "We're going to try to prevent the fireworks from coming into the state in the first place before they get distributed." Cuomo said the state will also help local governments deal with the issue. "But I need local government in this state to be taking it seriously."

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said residents should calm down with the fireworks. "They're putting a great many people at risk and it is causing a great strife in neighborhoods and police are getting stressed out and dealing with that and all the other concerns that they have."

Utica Police say possessing illegal fieworks is a Class B Misdemeanor.

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