To The Editor:
This year on July 4, my neighborhood sounded like a war zone. The fireworks noise continued until four in the morning, shattering any hope of a restful night’s sleep. The fireworks used appeared to be of a professional quality looking at the remains littered on the streets all over this area the next day.
When I called the 111th Police Precinct a few times on July 4th night over a period of several hours to complain, I was told not to tie up the line. That response was unacceptable. The sergeant who answered the phone made me feel like the police didn’t want to do their job, that the 111th Precinct was some type of country club, not to be disturbed. I was also told at one point to call 911. Why should I call the emergency number when the precinct is just a few short blocks from my community? The people who were exploding these dangerous devices were breaking the law and the enforcement by the police at the precinct left much to be desired.
Our police department needs to be more vigilant in enforcing the law and more visible during July 4th night. I also wish that the police would have more of a presence at the Marie Curie playground by MS 158 at all times, because of the drug problem. The children who play there must be protected.
The fire department should have also been out as well on July 4th night. Luckily, we had rain earlier in the day. Otherwise, I am sure that with the amount of intensity of fireworks going off, fires would have started and destroyed homes and property leading to injury and death of innocent people. Our pets also suffered during this blitzkrieg.
I understand from friends I have spoken to that this problem was experienced all over. Let the professionals put on fireworks displays in safe areas that conclude at a reasonable hour.
Our elected officials should take note of this problem. It is imperative that they see that the fireworks laws are enforced and that solutions and strategies are established so that we can all enjoy the July 4th holiday without fear and trepidation. The media, as well, should pay more attention to this problem in their coverage and make this issue a page one headline story.
Mandingo Osceola Tshaka,