It was a virtual Southie “Hollywood Squares-style” meeting that took place on Monday evening to discuss the fireworks situation in the city. Thanks to inclement weather, the community meeting was moved to a virtual zoom call with over 60 people in attendance. On the call were City Councilors Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty, State Rep. David Biele, Captain John Boyle from BPD, and BFD Commissioner Jack Demsey.
Capt. Boyle discussed the recent confiscations across the city. While members of the Boston Fire Department informed on the dangers of fireworks.
Residents complaints mentioned during the meeting included quality of life disruptions to one resident – Mark McKunes getting attacked by people lighting off fireworks. McKunes recently tried to break up individuals in front of his home and he was shot with a Roman candle causing burns on his neck and chest. Yikes!
It’s become obvious that fireworks in the city has become a major quality of life/public safety issue and city officials are working to remedy it and residents are demanding action.
Just last week, Mayor Walsh started a task force to help with the fireworks leading up to the Fourth of July. Walsh also stated Monday at a press conference that fireworks complaints to Boston police in June have increase by 5,543%. Holy Moly.
If you hear fireworks, you are encouraged to call 911. Unfortunately, BPD has to catch the perpetrators in the act. It’s a $100 fine and police will confiscate the fireworks.
Mass Live has an article about the meeting too. You can read it here.