- At least six people have been arrested across New York City this week amid a crack down on illegal fireworks
- Matthew King, 35, and Rayval, 22, of Staten Island, were found with $6,000 worth of explosives
- Another four people were arrested in Brooklyn and the Bronx after they were caught illegally selling fireworks
- Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a new task force in a bid to crack down on illegal sales and restore peace
- Elsewhere in the US, major cities including Philadelphia and Boston are reporting an increase complaints
At least six people have been arrested across New York City as authorities attempt to crack down on the sale of illegal fireworks following three weeks of sleepless nights amid a bizarre new trend spreading across the nation.
Two Queens men are facing charges after they were found with $6,000 worth of illegal explosives in their car brought in from out of state in Staten Island on Tuesday.
Another two people were arrested in Brooklyn's Canarsie neighborhood after being busted with fireworks worth up to $2,000 that are believed to have come from Pennsylvania.
The sale and possession of pyrotechnic devices is illegal in New York City yet they have become a public nuisance over the past few weeks with residents complaining about explosives being set off nearly every night.
The phenomenon has also spread across the country, with Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and California cities reporting an increase of complaints over fireworks.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday launched a new 'illegal fireworks task force' in a bid to restore peace in the city and to crack down on suppliers bringing them in from out of state.
The trend has become so widespread the city's 311 public service hotline has received 6,385 complaints from June 1 to June 19 - compared to just seven calls fielded this time last year.
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FDNY Fire Marshals on Tuesday night said they seized more than $6,000 worth of illegal fireworks during a bust in Staten Island involving two men from Queens.
Matthew King, 35, and Rayval Singh, 22, were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and the unlawful dealing of fireworks as officials were 'conducting surveillance to curtail the extensive illegal fireworks condition in our city.'
The two men were stopped on the Goethals Bridge while they were returning with the massive haul purchased in Pennsylvania, authorities said.
A photo released to the public showed the large collection of fireworks - everything from firecrackers to sparklers - loaded in the trunk of the vehicle.
In East Flatbush in Brooklyn, another two people were busted by task force officers after they were found selling explosives that were also trafficked from Pennsylvania and valued at more than $2,500.
Two people in the Bronx were also caught dealing fireworks from their car, while one person was issued a court summons for buying them.
The increasing use of fireworks in New York City have not only become a disturbance but a safety issue as well.
The NYPD announced it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who was filmed throwing a lit firework at a homeless man sleeping on the street on Monday.
Video of the disturbing incident was shared on social media, showing a man hurling the explosive in the homeless man's direction as he slept on the sidewalk in 67 Lenox Avenue.
The victim was taken to the hospital and was treated for minor burns.