Nassau, Suffolk police to enforce firework laws
Some residents and civic groups believe the police force is stretched too thin when it comes to responding to illegal fireworks calls on the Fourth of July.
Aubrey Phillips, of the Park Hurst Civic Association in Elmont, says she is concerned about injuries involving fireworks.
"We'd like to see the police respond more frequently, and more timely, so we send a message to people," Phillips told News 12.
In a statement, Inspector Kenneth Lack said, "The Nassau County Police Department, already on heightened alert for terror threats, will have extra uniform and specialty patrols for the holiday weekend. The department will also be vigorously enforcing any violations related to unlawfully dealing with fireworks and dangerous fireworks."
A spokesperson says the Suffolk County police will also have increased enforcement for the holiday and will respond to 911 calls for fireworks.
Three people were arrested last weekend for allegedly selling illegal fireworks from a store in Port Jefferson Station.