SALEM (CBS) – Salem is cracking down on illegal fireworks after seeing an uptick in recent weeks.
The city is launching a new campaign aimed at educating residents about the dangers of fireworks and the fines they could face for using them.READ MORE: Robert Gentile, The Man The FBI Believed Knew About The Gardner Museum Theft, Has Died
Police are now adding patrols, looking for illegal fireworks. Mayor Kim Driscoll said it’s a big problem that needs to be addressed.READ MORE: FDA Authorizes Booster Dose Of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine For People 65 And Older
“We’ve seen a huge uptick in fireworks activity. We had five fireworks complaints last year between May 1 and June 15. That same time period this year, we’ve seen 116 complaints, so that’s over a 2,000% increase,” she said.
Residents can go to the city website to report illegal fireworks.MORE NEWS: Delayed But Longer Fall Foliage Season Expected In New England
There’s also a map of reports filed by other residents.