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I’ve been a little obsessed with fireworks since the first time I saw the “Keep the change, ya filthy animal” scene in “Home Alone,” so I feel for anyone who is depressed that their favorite Fourth of July celebrations are canceled this year because of the coronavirus.
But it appears that way too many Rhode Islanders have decided that this was a good moment to buy as many illegal fireworks as possible and put on their own shows at all hours of the night in every corner of the state.
Police are receiving more complaints than ever before about fireworks. In Providence, there were 408 complaints as of Tuesday, compared to 31 at the same point last year. Cranston is reporting a seven-fold increase in fireworks complaints. And Warwick officials report a smaller, but still sizable increase in complaints.
Rhode Island isn’t alone. New York is seeing 236 times as many complaints about fireworks in June compared to previous years. From New Bedford to Southern California, the trend is everywhere. People aren’t sleeping. Dogs are scared to go outside. And poor Gene Valicenti’s call line at WPRO is being flooded with angry listeners who want the police to lock up every kid with an M-80.
To be clear, the only fireworks that are legal for the general public in Rhode Island are ground and handheld sparkling devices - AKA the boring ones that make no noise. And while you can get a permit to shoot off more powerful fireworks, something tells me Tony in Mount Pleasant isn’t asking for permission to deafen his neighbors.
There is no easy resolution here. Police say you should continue to call them when you hear fireworks, but it’s not exactly easy to catch these pyromaniacs. It’s probably not the best idea to take justice into your own hands, either. That’s how you end up with a cherry bomb in your mailbox.
And if you happen to be a Rhode Map reader who is setting off fireworks all the time, here’s a message for you: Much like backyard wrestling, amateur fireworks displays are dangerous, poorly coordinated, and your mom disapproves.
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