Local officials crack down on illegal fireworks use

Frustrated New Yorkers protested outside the mansion of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who has since launched a task force to target fireworks distributors and suppliers.
1:54 | 06/24/20

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We are back with that explosion in illegal fireworks across the country. So many people hearing and complaining about them and now some cities are cracking down. Eva pilgrim is at the Brooklyn bridge with more on this. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, yeah, all across the country people are saying the same thing, it feels like the fourth of July every night. Local task forces are being created to deal with the surging of illegal fireworks. As soon as the sun sets, it's a firework free for all. This morning, local officials from coast to coast are cracking down on an apparent firework boom out of a growing concern for public safety. We've seen surges of 400% and calms for service. Reporter: In San Bernardino, fireworks igniting this man's car, turning night a ball of flames. That's what I take to work. Reporter: In New York where there's been more than 13,000 complaints over illegal fireworks so far this month, frustrated protesters took their complaints directly to the mayor's mansion. We can't sleep. Mr. Mayor, you won't sleep. Reporter: Mayor de Blasio launching a task force Tuesday to target the suppliers and distributors of illegal fireworks. There will be all sorts of actions taken, sting operations, finding where the supply is and cutting it off at the knees. Reporter: Cities in Massachusetts, New Jersey and California doing the same. This needs to stop. Reporter: The American pyrotechnics association telling ABC news the surge in consumer fireworks sales is likely due to the cancellation of about 80% of the country's 16,000 professional fireworks displays for the fourth of July and boredom from the pandemic. And here in New York City the task force making multiple arrests, confiscating thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks.

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