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Friday, July 12, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

New Kensington may not have had a fireworks display, but there was no lack of illegal fireworks in the city on the Fourth of July.

It was shades of Zambelli. Fireworks were shot off in areas way too close to homes. There were loud bombs and shimmering glitter over houses.

At 10 p.m., I was walking my dog and a large volley caused the dog to go ballistic. I am in my 80s with knee and hip replacements, along with other ailments. The force of the dog pulling sent me into parked cars. Had they not been there, I could have fallen into the street and sustained major injuries.

I managed to get the dog into the house. She was shaking terribly.

The explosions went on until about 11:15 p.m. I called 911 to report this unlawful display. After police cars passed several times, the noise stopped.

I have some questions:

• Are the fireworks tents along the Tarentum Bridge and Leechburg roads licensed to sell the bombs and what amount of gunpowder can be sold?

• Isn't it still illegal to shoot loud bombs and huge sparklers 50 feet into the air, creating a fire hazard?

• Isn't it illegal to shoot them off late into the night?

• Why can't our police seize the illegal fireworks?

I spoke with several firemen at the station who said fireworks being used were definitely illegal and posed a fire hazard.

When someone approached the shooter, he said the cops wouldn't do anything.

I'm anxious to see how upcoming celebrations will be handled.

Tom Lisiewski

New Kensington

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