Recently the big news on Long Island was that police had uncovered an illegal fireworks ring operating from a restaurant. Seems that one could go in and choose the fireworks from a menu and that the supplier, who operated out of his house, would bring them over to you.
After a long and expensive investigation, police broke the incredibly dangerous ring of firecracker vendors and put a stop to the illegal trafficking in fireworks.
Violent crime, drugs, prostitution, gang membership, and organized crime continues to be a consistent problem in the New York City area.
Glad to know we have our priorities straight...