Fireworks light up sky despite cancellations

Andrew Hyman
Updated: July 04, 2020 11:17 PM
Created: July 04, 2020 11:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Coronavirus shutdowns did not stop the Fourth of July fireworks from lighting up the skies around Rochester on Saturday night.

News10NBC observed several bursts of fireworks both from our tower cam and from our crews set up around Durand Eastman Beach. The unofficial displays come after both the City of Rochester and some neighboring towns canceled their holiday festivities due to state guidelines concerning large gatherings.

As News10NBC previously reported, fireworks like roman candles, or bottle rockets are banned statewide, although they can be purchased across state lines in Pennsylvania. After concerns were raised from neighbors, Rochester Police announced it was investigating calls, and Governor Cuomo previously announced state police would be cracking down on enforcement.  

Rochester police were patrolling the area of both Durand Eastman and Ontario Beach Park on Saturday night, and our crews observed patrols as they stopped by several spots along the beach, all as fireworks still shot up into the sky.

The Rochester Police Department said late Saturday that there have been no arrests or citations to report at Durand Beach Saturday evening. 

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