© Theodore ParisienneA 35yr old man, a 28yr old man, a 30yr old man and a 25yr old woman were all taken to the Hospital after they were shot on Elton Street near Sutter Avenue, just around the corner from the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn on Friday July 5, 2019. 0726. Remnants of fireworks could be seen. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
Going out with a bang!
Authorities have made 127 arrests and confiscated "two shipping containers'" worth of fireworks as part of an ongoing crackdown, the city's sheriff said Tuesday.
"Most of those investigations have been tracking large quantities of fireworks coming from Pennsylvania and other states, coming into New York and stopping them at the border and placing them under arrest," Sheriff Joseph Fucito said at a press briefing.
Last month, rampant explosions of illegal fireworks prompted the city to launch a task force to crack down on suppliers.
The group has been focusing on people bringing the items into the city, as opposed to individuals detonating them in the streets, Fucito said.
He also shared some advice on how New Yorkers can approach people setting off fireworks, following the July 7 slaying of a Brooklyn mom who was shot for demanding her neighbors stop blowing up fireworks near children.
"Each situation is very different from one another," Fucito said.
"If it's your next-door neighbor and you know your next-door neighbor and you feel comfortable talking to your next-door neighbor, I don't see an issue with having a dialogue," he continued. " If it's a complete stranger and you don't have a relationship with the person [and] if you feel it's a public safety threat, you can call 911."