The New York Times attributed the outbreak of the explosions, “a release after months of boredom and loneliness, in cramped apartments,” as well as “a celebration of the painstaking efforts made during the protests, and show of defiance towards the police.” Other than sparklers, fireworks are illegal in New York.
The Ohio-based fireworks company, Phantom Fireworks has seen an increase in sales in stores across the country, from 200 to 400%, according to CEO Bruce Zoldan, Forbes reported. Zoldan told the magazine: “If there is a virus called” inside insulation “, fireworks seems to be the vaccine.”
Police in Hartford, Connecticut, who said that they had been doing around 200 complaints every day on fireworks, has called on the people to be aware of “those who suffer from PTSD, babies, children, the elderly, and pets”.
The Police of Salem, in Boston, have began patrolling for fireworks complaints has increased by 2000%, CBS Boston reported.
In Pasadena, California, fireworks-related complaints have increased 400% in June, CBS Los Angeles reported, and last week, the los angeles County sheriff’s department has seized a truckload of illegal fireworks valued at$10,000.
The professional level displays seen in parts of New York, have fueled conspiracy theories that, far from being the result of the rise of the boredom, the fireworks are a “psy-ops” campaign by the authorities in trying to undermine the protests, to show the communities that they need the police to respond to complaints), or even deliberately depriving the residents of sleep, causing the protests to lose momentum. There is little evidence to support this theory.
An article of Vox has pointed out that the population may also be particularly sensitive to the noise caused by the fireworks because the cities are much quieter than usual, and suggested that another reason behind the rise of the fireworks could be an increase in supply and lower prices that the companies are seeking to sell fireworks that would have otherwise been used in professional displays, in the framework of the 4th of July celebrations, which, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, account for 80% of fireworks of income at the national level.
Anthony LoBianco, who runs the Intergalactic Fireworks, a company of sale of fireworks of Pennsylvania, said that its sales have increased significantly since the reopening, after more than two months of lockout. The state has begun easing coronavirus restrictions in May.
“Usually there’s a week before the 4th of July, where it is like a crazy race,” he said. “But the level of activity that is happening now. All the world is to buy radically: they’re bored, and they have nothing to do during the night. Fireworks fill the small empty instead of stay home and watch TV.”