Utica residents frustrated with late-night fireworks

Utica residents are frustrated with late-night fireworks happening all around the city.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2020 6:00 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - Utica residents are frustrated with late-night fireworks happening all around the city.

The Utica Police Department has been getting increased calls for firework complaints.

"Over the last weekend, we've had about 85 calls for firework complaints," Sergant Mike Curley said. "We're doing our very best to try to combat it, we have our crime analysis center working very diligently on evidence-based strategies to kind of highlight and target the hot spots where the fireworks are going off. We're certainly putting proactive details out to address these concerns."

Residents say it's not the use of the fireworks, it's the timing.

"The fireworks have been going off every night at 1 o'clock in the morning, 12 o'clock at night, it's annoying that late at night," Joseph Tartaglia, a Utica resident said. "The dogs are just afraid, they're running all over the house, barking, they run away, they try to hide somewhere."

Another issue is the debris left all around the city.

"If you're going to shoot the fireworks off, have the common decency to clean up your mess, its not up to the DPW or your neighbors," Curley said.

The Utica Common Council discussed the issue of late-ngiht fire works at Wedneday night's meeting.

"We've been getting calls in North Utica, part of my district in East Utica, it seems like there's more calls coming from that area," Joseph Betrus, 6th ward councilman, City of Utica said. "We've talked as a couple council members; we'd like to do something with some legislation to make sure the noise ordinance is enforced at this time."

Sergeant Curley says any neighborhood cooperation would be helpful.

"Any kind of neighborhood cooperation in the form of depositions or statements would certainly be helpful," Curley said.

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