Providence brings back task force to combat illegal fireworks ahead of 4th of July

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — ‘If it goes off the ground and goes boom… it’s illegal in Rhode Island.’

That was the simple yet stern message from Providence officials on Wednesday to residents considering using illegal fireworks this summer.

“The amount of fireworks has essentially become unbearable,” Elorza said during a press conference.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Wednesday that the capital city is bringing back a task force to combat the use of illegal fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July.

In 2019, police said that they only received 20 complaints about illegal fireworks. In 2020, that number grew to over 500.

During the press conference, police explained in simple terms that anything that goes up in the air and “goes boom” is illegal in Rhode Island.

The mayor said that Providence police will put additional workers on the phones to respond to tips about illegal fireworks. Anyone looking to report illegal fireworks can call the line at 401-272-3121.

On July 3 at sundown at India Point Park in Providence, the city will be holding its own fireworks show.

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