We've received about a dozen emails or DMs from readers about people setting off fireworks around the neighborhood in recent weeks. Received some photographic evidence via Vinny & O from last night around 10th Street and Avenue C.
The increase in illegal fireworks have been documented throughout the city. Per Gothamist on Monday:
According to city data, 849 complaints about fireworks were logged with the city's 311 hotline in the last two weeks alone. That's a nearly 4,000 percent increase from the same period in 2019, which saw just 21 recorded complaints. In the first two weeks of June during the previous five years, there were less than 50 complaints related to fireworks in total.
As with other 311 data, it's not clear that the figures reflect an actual spike in activity. In many cases, the growth of nuisance calls is a better barometer of gentrification than any specific change in behavior. But while illicit fireworks have long served as the sonic backdrop to summer nights in NYC, some residents say the intensity and frequency has been noticeably greater in 2020, with many of the late-night displays appearing strangely professional.
And via NBC 4 on Wednesday:
Now, people in the city that never sleeps have a new audio accompaniment to their surreal spring: Booming, amateur fireworks displays that start at sundown and continue deep into the night.
Illicit bursts of fireworks from street corners and rooftops aren’t uncommon in the city’s neighborhoods in the days before the Fourth of July, but the past few weeks has seen an extraordinary surge in such displays.
In the first half of June, there were 80 times as many #nycfireworks complaints compared to the same period last year. Fireworks usually start late June. This year it’s earlier, longer and bigger. Who’s supplying all these professional-grade fireworks? https://t.co/NwoVJI7RQg— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 21, 2020
In the East Village, there have been reports of fireworks on multiple side streets and Avenues... and a lot of terrified dogs in apartments.