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Jamestown police receive 65 fireworks complaints in 17 day period

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 12:02:56-04

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Jamestown Police Department says it has responded to 65 fireworks complaints in the first 17 days of June, more than double the amount of fireworks complaints from the entire month in 2019.

Officials are reminding the community the possession and use of fireworks in New York State is illegal.

Recent changes in state law have allowed for the sale and possession of sparkling devices, not fireworks, in designated counties. Police say under section 270.00 of NYS Penal Law sparkling devices are defines as "devices that are ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a shower of white, gold, or colored sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect."

Police say that does not include devices that rise into the air, fire inserts or projectiles into the air or those that explode.

Jamestown police remind the community that the use of any fireworks also creates a fire and safety hazard.

Officials say to leave the fireworks to the professionals and to attend displays if they are offered in the area.