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Police Warn About Fireworks

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Tuckahoe Police Lt. Ray Stabile is expecting a quiet holiday weekend – literally.

"Traditionally, it's quiet here in the village, but we will be on patrol as always," Stabile said.

Stabile hopes that most residents will avoid holding backyard fireworks displays.

"Years ago I was working one year and a child was burned pretty badly by a roman candle," he said. "I urge everyone not to play around with fireworks. Leave it in the hands of the professionals."

Stabile said that Tuckahoe will have roaming DWI patrols in the village over the holiday weekend.

While no DWI checkpoints are planned in Eastchester, Lt. Jeffrey Hunter said his department will also step up patrols looking for residents who are launching fireworks.

"Most people don't realize that sparklers can burn anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 degrees,"Hunter said. "And they are hot enough to cause serious burns and set clothes on fire."

Hunter said that officers will confiscate fireworks being used anywhere in Eastchester. "In some cases a person could be arrested," Hunter said. "Someone in town, many years ago was charged with arson when the fireworks they set off was aimed at an occupied home,"

Hunter, a 15-year veteran with the Eastchester Police, said he has also seen people burned over the the years.

"We recommend people go see some of the beautiful fireworks throughout the county, " he said.

For those that do not want to travel, Stabile said that Tuckahoe sponsors an amazing fireworks display each year at the end of July.

"It's beautiful and fun and the best part is it is in the hands of professionals and it is safe," Stabile said.

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