2020 Jun 25, 12:03pm
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(CNN)The Fourth of July is still over a week away, but in many cities, it's already arrived. From New York to San Francisco, the skies light up every night -- and early morning -- for hours, and with no apparent reason.Now, officials have had enough.Firework complaints are soaring, and they come after months of pandemic-induced isolation followed by weeks of tense protests against police brutality and racism.Why the fireworks are going off so frequently is anyone's guess. And city officials say they don't yet know where the big ones are coming from.Conspiracies abound over who's responsible, but it's clear that the incessant fireworks displays are an inconvenient and dangerous phenomenon in an already surreal American moment.
Fireworks problems in the Northeast and West CoastThere seems to be no geographic pattern behind which cities are shooting off the most.Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters that calls to police about illegal fireworks jumped 2,300% in May compared to the same period in 2019. He said some of the calls were originally for gunshots that turned out to be fireworks.