As we head into the July 4th holiday the use of illegal fireworks is increasingly in the news. With no municipal fireworks for the public to attend this year, officials expect to see an uptick in illegal fireworks leading up to and on July 4th. Many communities are cracking down on their use and law enforcement is stepping up responses to calls. Over the weekend there were more reports of fireworks along with injuries. As a reminder, fireworks that launch into the air are illegal in New York as are firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles. Sparklers, party poppers and snappers are allowed.
In Penfield, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be on alert for illegal fireworks and will investigate complaints. They will determine the best course of action--education on the dangers of fireworks, fines, or arrest--when they respond. Additionally, the New York State Police will be running a special task force targeting fireworks that will be running from now through Sunday evening.
Along with injuries, there is deep concern of fire risk; lack of rain has left us with dry grasses and vegetation, making fire more likely. A recent D&C article stated 19,000 structure fires and 10,000 injuries are caused by fireworks each year. So please think twice if you are planning to use or be around fireworks this holiday--the dangers are real.
Our DPW brush drop-off will be closed July 2-3 in observance of the July 4th holiday. Town offices will be closed July 3. Offices and services will resume regular hours on July 6.
The LaSalle’s Landing Park improvement project is wrapped up and visitors can now enjoy an expanded parking lot, reconfigured driveway, and improved launch access for canoes and kayaks.
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.
Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain