Last week, Mayor Marty Walsh reported that complaints about fireworks in the city of Boston are up 2300% and BPD confiscated a large amount of illegal fireworks in South Boston, and Mattapan, in addition to making an arrest in East Boston, but the nightly shows continue in neighborhoods across the city. Well, on Wednesday night BPD confiscated even more fireworks.
At about 9:41 PM on Wednesday June 17, 2020, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) seized a large amount of illegal fireworks after responding to numerous community complaints in the area of Mascoma Street and Lawrence Avenue in Roxbury. The officers were on directed patrol when they observed fireworks in the area. On arrival, officers observed a large quantity of fireworks in plain sight inside the opened trunk of a parked motor vehicle. Officers seized the fireworks without incident and spoke with an adult female who was near the motor vehicle while informing her that possession of such items is illegal in the City of Boston and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
BPD Public Safety Reminder: The Boston Police Department would like to remind the public that illegal fireworks pose significant dangers to the safety of our residents and their property and do not belong in our communities. Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 148, Section 39) clearly states that it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess or sell fireworks in Massachusetts. It is also illegal to purchase them legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state. If you hear or see fireworks being displayed in your neighborhood, please call 911 immediately for a police response. If you wish to report the illegal purchasing or selling of fireworks, you can do so anonymously by contacting the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).