Fireworks still used this weekend despite ban - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Fireworks still used this weekend despite ban

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – As the fireworks exploded in the night sky over the City of Richmond, many people were having displays of their own. YouTube video shows the illegal lighting of fireworks happening in Chesterfield County this weekend. Lindsay Schoonover is one of the many people who saw this type of activity going on first hand right here in Richmond.

"It's the fourth of July thing," said Schoonover. "I think it's--it always happens especially in Richmond. We all like fire and like to blow things up. But the funny thing was that I saw a bunch of Richmond cops driving by as we were lighting the fireworks and stuff and nobody stopped us."

Police rely on tips from neighbors to crack down on those responsible. Firefighters tell us that while fireworks usage here is illegal it's also dangerous and led to reports of at least one fire in the City of Richmond over the weekend.

"As you drove around the city you could see a variety of displays put on by individuals," said Richmond Fire Department Lt. Shawn Jones. "Well, by the time you get to that area the displays had ceased."

Schoonover believes more must be done to prevent fireworks use in our area.

"Definitely better police enforcement," said Schoonover. "I heard them being lit off all over the place."

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • The Latest: HHS says families won't be immediately reunited

    The Latest: HHS says families won't be immediately reunited

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-06-20 16:01:56 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:56:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs at parliament in London. The British government is facing anoth...(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs at parliament in London. The British government is facing anoth...
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United States is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month.More >>
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United States is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month.More >>
  • Heat add Tillman to Summer League roster

    Heat add Tillman to Summer League roster

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:20:55 GMT

    VCU forward Justin Tillman has agreed to play for the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer Leagues. The Heat are scheduled to field a summer league squad in Sacramento, Calif. July 2-5 and in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 6-17. 

    More >>

    VCU forward Justin Tillman has agreed to play for the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer Leagues. The Heat are scheduled to field a summer league squad in Sacramento, Calif. July 2-5 and in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 6-17. 

    More >>
  • AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

    AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:44:14 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:07:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File). FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed a...(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File). FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed a...
    The government hasn't worked out a streamlined way to reunite kids and parents separated at the border under the new zero-tolerance policy requiring all immigrants who cross the border illegally to be prosecuted.More >>
    The government hasn't worked out a streamlined way to reunite kids and parents separated at the border under the new zero-tolerance policy requiring all immigrants who cross the border illegally to be prosecuted.More >>
Powered by Frankly