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  • Gothamist reported there were 6,385 calls to police about fireworks from 1 to 19 June, compared to 27 in the same period last year.

    The New York Times attributed the spike in explosions to, “a release after months of boredom and seclusion in cramped apartments,” as well as “a celebration of hard-fought strides made during the demonstrations, and a show of defiance toward the police.” Other than sparklers, fireworks are illegal in New York.

    Ohio-based fireworks company Phantom Fireworks has seen sales increase in stores across the country 200-400%, according to CEO Bruce Zoldan, Forbes reported. Zoldan told the magazine: “If there’s a virus called ‘inside isolation’, fireworks appear to be the vaccine.”

    Police in Hartford, June 22, 2020

Police in Salem, Boston, have started patrolling for fireworks after complaints increased 2,000%, CBS Boston reported.

In Pasadena, California, fireworks-related complaints have increased 400% in June, CBS Los Angeles reported, and last week, the LA County sheriff’s department seized a truckload of illegal fireworks valued at $10,000.

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