Coney Island

VIDEO: Neighborhood tempers explode from all-night fireworks

From Bath Beach to Bay Ridge, Residents Complain About Illegal Fireworks

July 5, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
An amazing July 4 fireworks display in Coney Island lights up the night sky. Eagle photos by Samantha Alexander

The organized Fourth of July Festivities went off without a hitch last night, except for the residents in neighborhoods where illegal fireworks were set off all through the night and into the early hours of the morning.

Social media was all-a-twitter with angry residents voicing their frustration with the loud noise and exploding fireworks that rocked neighborhoods from Bath Beach to Bay Ridge.

One resident on the Bay Ridge Parent website questioned the legality of the fireworks and apologized for being a “party-pooper,” but said that the noise was non-stop at Bath Beach, adding that each boom sounded like a finale.

While the Coney Island fireworks show was praised as one of the best displays ever, the complaints were saved for the commuter mess to and from the event. One individual called it “hell on the trains.” 

People also complained about the illegal fireworks on the Bay Ridge Talk website, with one resident crying out for help from “anyone running for office.”

City Council candidate John Quaglione responded on Facebook, saying, “Hey Mr. Mayor — It is now 12:16 and I am still hearing fireworks.” 

Quaglione went on to say that, “One of the big problems is controlling access to [fireworks]. I remember under [Rudy] Giuliani and [Michael] Bloomberg the cops used to go out to New Jersey and Pennsylvania, hot spots where New Yorkers would buy fireworks, and follow them back to the city, and once they crossed the city line, they would arrest them. You know that approach would help to keep fireworks off the streets.”

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At 1:30 a.m. a resident from Dyker Heights posted that the air was thick with smoke in her neighborhood and she could still hear the fireworks going off.

Other residents said that this was all a part of people wanting to feel that they were part of the celebration, although all agreed that the best way to celebrate would be to go to a local park or beach to watch a legal fireworks presentation. 

In Brooklyn, fireworks could be viewed from various locations including Shore Road in Bay Ridge, Prospect Park, Williamsburg and Coney Island.

 

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