New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged Tuesday to crack down on the illegal fireworks that have been hitting all five boroughs, a continuing problem for many cities in the United States.
The mayor announced the formation of a fireworks task force that “will target suppliers, distributors, and owners of large amounts of” these explosives.
“Yes, I listen to them too,” de Blasio said. “We are taking action against illegal fireworks. We will crack down on out-of-state providers behind this dangerous public nuisance so we can cut it off at the source.”
New York Police and Fire Departments will be “conducting investigations and undercover operations in and outside of New York City to disrupt supply chains,” according to the City Council.
New York, known as the city that never sleeps, has been a difficult place to get a shuteye in recent weeks with fireworks throughout the city.