Monroe County Sheriff: Illegal fireworks coming from Pennsylvania

Updated: June 30, 2020 05:39 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 04:48 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Illegal fireworks continue to be a problem in the Rochester area.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says they've received 41 911 calls for fireworks in the last two weeks.


On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that state police will start a fireworks enforcement detail.

They are going to focus on people bringing them into the state from Pennsylvania.

That's where the governor says most of the illegal fireworks are coming from.     

Sheriff Todd Baxter says he agrees.

“We did a survey,” Baxter said. “We went out and looked at the box stores and the tents scattered throughout Monroe County. We found them all to be in compliance with New York State law. They're not the big bangs that we see launching into the air that are truly explosive so they're coming from out of state obviously.”

New York State does allow "sparkling devices." 

They're described on the state’s website as ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke. 

News10NBC also reached out to Rochester Police to see how many calls for fireworks they've received.

They tell us they don't track those complaints because they're grouped with other noise and disorder complaints.

Copyright 2020 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Comment on Facebook