A Somerville man police say was shooting off fireworks on the Cambridge Street bridge around 4 p.m. yesterday now faces drug and weapons charges after Transit Police officers nabbed him at the neighboring T station, two Roman candles "protruding from his person." Read more.
Cambridge Police report arresting a Boston man they say reacted to having fireworks shot at him by chasing after his assailants' car and, after it swerved and crashed, flinging both a brick and a knife at them. Read more.
Boston Police report seizing "a large amount of illegal fireworks" in Roxbury last night by officers assigned to patrol the area specifically to look for fireworks following "numerous community complaints." Read more.
Angry citizens are filing 311 complaints (like this one) about the fireworks mailings they're now getting from a New Hampshire fireworks dealer in this, the Year of the Fireworks, even though the offerings are, you know, technically illegal here.
At a City Hall press conference this morning, Mayor Walsh said fireworks complaints in May were up 2,300% over last May. He then emphasized that was not a typo - the city got 650 fireworks complaints last month, compared to just 27 a year ago. Read more
With pre-Fourth fireworks at possibly their most insane levels ever, City Councilor Julia Mejia (at large) will host a mental-health counselor and two youth leaders in an online session to try to figure out what to do about the problems the bombs bursting in air are causing. Read more.
Boston Police report officers seized a metric buttload of fireworks in the parking lot of the St. Peter Lithuanian Church on Flaherty Way last night after responding to "numerous calls and community complaints in the area of Gavin Way." Read more.