[Ed. – Not sure how widespread this is, but there do seem to be a lot of hotline calls about it. Apparently the problem has gotten much worse compared to a year ago. It would be no surprise if this were deliberate: a sort of harassing fire against the civil population, intended to fray nerves – especially during the lockdown.]
Complaints are skyrocketing about thundering fireworks exploding over otherwise quiet U.S. neighborhoods, fraying nerves already frazzled by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Even in the city that never sleeps, weary New Yorkers in the first half of June lodged a one-hundredfold increase in complaints compared to the year-ago period, of explosions that begin before sundown and rattle windows into the morning. The city’s 311 hotline received 2,492 fireworks complaints from June 1-16, up from just 25 in the same period in 2019.
The pyrotechnics occur almost nightly across the five boroughs of New York, once the U.S. epicenter of coronavirus infections, which recently achieved the nation’s lowest rate of virus spread.