By COLlive reporter
Crown Heights residents are bitterly complaining about non-stop fireworks which have become a nightly occurrence in the neighborhood and has been going on unchecked, without police interference.
For the past few weeks, beginning at 9:00 PM and going through the night, the neighborhood sounds like what many are calling a “war zone,” with non-stop fireworks in the streets.
“My children are afraid to sleep at night, it’s been terrible,” one resident told COLlive.com on Tuesday night.
Many residents have attempted to call 311 and the police, to no avail.
One frustrated resident related, “my husband called 311 and they said, ‘call the police.’ So he called the police, and they said, ‘is it an emergency?’ So he called the local precinct, and they didn’t answer the phone.”
One video on social media shows a group of teenagers lighting fireworks in plain sight on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, while another video shows a group of men coming from a Fire Station in Crown Heights and lighting fireworks in the street.
According to the New York Post, city data that shows a massive 4,000-percent surge in firecracker complaints during the first two weeks of June.
The city’s 311 system clocked 849 fireworks grievances from June 1 to June 14 compared to just 21 during the same period last year.
“Fireworks are illegal and dangerous, and children and seniors have been unable to sleep for weeks because of the fireworks. The city will get dangerous very fast if the police department loses their ability to enforce the law,” said community activist and Public Safety Chair for CB9, Yaacov Behrman, who said that he is speaking as a Crown Heights resident and not on behalf of the safety committee.
A person in Crown Heights was seriously injured Tuesday night after he attempted to light fireworks from his apartment window, and the fireworks accidentally exploded directly onto him, a police source told COLlive.
“The silent majority has lost their voice, and the city has been hi-jacked,” an unnamed police source told COLlive, referring to the momentum that the “Defund the Police” movement has gained.
“Cops have lost the tools and resources to ensure the law is being kept,” the source said, since Mayor Bill de Blasio has stopped the NYPD from using unmarked vehicles and plainclothes detectives.
According to the law, the police may not arrest an individual for the fireworks unless they actually see them being lit.
“In addition, following the recent unrest, cops will not do more than disperse a crowd, so as to avoid confrontation,” they said.
The elected officials are “not helping either, with the anti-police rhetoric,” the source said. “The District Attorney has also made clear that most crimes will not be prosecuted.”
“In this climate, cops just cannot put themselves out there to help the law-abiding citizens, since they have no one backing them,” they said.
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