Fireworks in Albion, Medina frustrate residents

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2020 at 3:02 pm

Residents in the villages of Albion and Medina are annoyed about fireworks being set off in recent days and weeks.

It’s a problem in other communities, too, Medina Mayor Mike Sidari posted on Facebook today.

He said the Medina Police Department has arrested one person so far due to the fireworks displays.

Sidari urges people to call the police at 585-798-5602 if they know who is setting off the fireworks, where they are being set off or where they are being sold.

Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said fireworks are becoming a problem. The ony legal fireworks in the state are “sparkling devices that are ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.”

Firecrackers, aerial fireworks and those that make noise from an explosion are not legal to use or possess, Nenni said.

“We usually allow for a not as strict enforcement approach around the 4th of July, but there have been excessive uses of them for the past several weeks,” he said. “The main issue that we are seeing is that certain people are not just using loud illegal fireworks for a one time ‘show,’ they are doing them days on end and causing annoyance to neighbors and others.”

Albion police officers have been instructed to charge persons who are creating a nuisance with them. Charges can range from violation noise level charges to misdemeanor unlawful possession of fireworks.

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