With traditional Fourth of July fireworks events wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement officials throughout the area fear there will be more backyard celebrations than usual this holiday.
In much of the area, explosions of fireworks have already become an every-night nuisance, keeping people up and scaring pets and children.
In Attleboro, numerous complaints about the late-night explosions have been made to the Attleboro mayor’s office and police department.
In North Attleboro, police say they have received 17 complaints since June 5. Several have come from the Old Post Road and Reservoir Street areas and patrols sent to find those responsible have so far been unsuccessful.
“With the help of the community, we are trying pinpoint a location,” North Attleboro Police Chief John Reilly said.
The problem is nationwide.