St. Louis (KSDK) - Illegal fireworks are going off all over the city and police may be having a hard time cracking down.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says some of his officers are assigned to patrol for fireworks use. The department received 500 calls about fireworks Thursday night, but only wrote 14 tickets. That represents slightly less than 3% of the calls.
This year Chief Dotson teamed with the St. Louis Fire Department to spread a message.
"They are dangerous," said the chief. "They're dangerous to the people using them and they're dangerous to the neighborhood around it because what goes up must come down."
Jackie Bloomfield lives at the edge of the Bevo neighborhood in South St. Louis. She hears fireworks all around her home.
"It's a loud boom, boom, boom that I can feel in my basement," said Bloomfield.
She says the fireworks are a nuisance but even with extra police patrols, she doesn't think they'll go away any time soon.
"I don't think that there's really anything more they can do because there's just so much of it, said Bloomfield. "I would think that if they could do anything it would be the elimination of all sales of fireworks completely."
Chief Dotson says his officers will be patrolling for illegal fireworks all weekend.