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Illegal fireworks complaints have exploded in past week

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 14:11:56-04

NEW YORK — Independence Day isn't for a few weeks but that apparently hasn't stopped New Yorkers from setting off fireworks in the past few days.

From June 12 to 15, there were 1,361 complaints of illegal fireworks, according to the city. That's a a 431% increase from the previous four days. In comparison, June 8 through 11 there were just 256 complaints.

In the first four days of June, there were only 36 illegal fireworks complaints.

The city notes that in late June 2019, 311 expanded its system to allow customers to submit complaints about fireworks online. Prior to this, customers could only call 311 to file these complaints.

"It's not unusual to see an uptick in complaints whenever we expand the ways in which customers can submit complaints (online, mobile app, etc.)," a spokesperson for the city said in a statement.