Update About Illegal Fireworks
In the last week, my office has received numerous reports of illegal fireworks exploding late at night. To be clear, this type of behavior is incredibly obnoxious, already illegal and happening throughout the county.
But this is very difficult to stop. Police have to catch someone in the act in of setting off fireworks, which is not an easy thing to do. In addition, after someone calls 911, evidence of the noise often stops before police can arrive. , Police are also stretched thin at times, as they respond to many other calls for service these days.
That said, I have requested the Baltimore County Police Department to increase patrols in the 2nd District in what appear to be the areas with the worst problems.
Here is the deal: Backyard fireworks are illegal. Violators who possess or discharge illegal fireworks are subject to a misdemeanor fine of up to $250. The sale of fireworks without a permit is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine.
It might not matter to some, but please be considerate of your neighbors. I understand folks might be blowing off pandemic-related frustration, but that does not give anyone the right to fire off illegal explosives when others seek to enjoy a quiet and peaceful evening.
Not to mention, the garbage and litter that is left behind (as seen in the photo below) is an eyesore and a public nuisance.
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