Mayor Madden: Illegal Fireworks Disrupts Neighborhoods, Impacts Families & Military Veterans

Mayor Madden: Illegal Fireworks Disrupts Neighborhoods, Impacts Families & Military Veterans

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today reminds Collar City residents to think twice before using illegal fireworks or legal sparkling devices in their local neighborhoods as part of an effort to improve quality of life during the summer months. City Hall has received multiple complaints from local families & residents regarding late-night fireworks in their neighborhood.

Mayor Madden said, “The illegal use of fireworks in our neighborhoods are more than a nuisance – they negatively impact the quality of life across our community and disrupt the urban environment of our more vulnerable residents, especially young children and elderly adults. By leaving fireworks displays to professionals we can reduce the risk of injury and harm from improper use and show our support and respect for our neighbors.”

Fireworks can also cause anxiety and distress for members of families who are military veterans who normally prepare in advance of community events which include loud, percussive fireworks displays. The mayor discourages Troy residents from setting off fireworks within the city limits in accordance with state law.

“While organized, legal fireworks displays are wonderful ways to celebrate many important holidays in the Capital Region, use of unsanctioned fireworks is dangerous, illegal, and can cause distress and anxiety among veterans living in our community,” added Mayor Madden. “By leaving fireworks displays to professionals we can reduce the risk of injury and harm from improper use and show our support and respect for our service members and the many families who call Troy home.”

All types of consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, and spinners, remain illegal across New York State. However, beginning in 2015 Rensselaer County and approximately 35 other counties across New York allowed the use of “sparkling devices” (ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke).

Residents can report issues or concerns to the Troy Police Department’s non-emergency number at (518) 270-4411. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

For more information on regulations for sparkling devices, please visit the New York State Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Fire Prevention and Control website.

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