SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re only a few days away from Fourth of July weekend, a popular time for fireworks.
Springfield police were busy this past weekend with phone calls of gun fire that turned into fireworks. Springfield Police use a shot spotter activation device that tracks gun fire in the area. The device also activates for fireworks.
It’s able to differentiate between the two, but Springfield police still sends officers to that area. 22News found out how the devices are causing problems for both police and residents.
Sgt. John Delaney, Springfield Police Department said, “It’s a quality of life issue. People don’t like the noise it wakes them up, scares their pet and they’re dangerous. We could be doing other things patrolling the city, helping other people that need us. But again, we plan for it, so it’s a burden but we handle.”
Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts but are not in some neighboring states like Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Sgt. Delaney said once you cross the state border you can’t have them and can’t sell them.
If you’re found with fireworks, you can be arrested and be fined up to $1,000.