Huge spike in fireworks being set off in Minneapolis, and people are getting sick of it

Who is letting them off, and why, remains a mystery.
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It has hardly escaped the notice of residents in some Minneapolis neighborhoods that a lot of fireworks have been going off recently.

The City of Minneapolis has told BMTN that since Memorial Day, its 311 report number has received 295 complaints about fireworks.

To put that in perspective, there were just 16 reports during the same time period in 2019.

Fireworks being set off were a regular occurrence during the initial protests and subsequent unrest in the wake of George Floyd's killing, but have continued well into late June.

What's more, the same thing is being reported across multiple U.S. cities including in New York.

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But who is responsible for the majority of them, and why they're doing it, remains a mystery, and has sparked explanations ranging from mischief-making and general boredom due to the COVID-19 lockdown, to conspiracy theories about a secret government program of psychological warfare.

You can't buy rockets or mortar-style fireworks in Minnesota, per state law, but FOX 9 reports that a number of Wisconsin retailers have noticed a significant uptick in sales in recent weeks.

It comes just 10 days away from 4th of July, where you can likely expect more to be set off given the majority of organized displays have been canceled due to the pandemic.

Whatever the reason, there are plenty in the city who are sick of the late night fireworks, and it can prove particularly stressful for those with pets and anyone suffering from PTSD.

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