BAYONNE, NJ - The latest crisis in the area isn’t a virus. 

In the absence of officially sanctioned fireworks due to the COVID-19 virus, residents of Bayonne as well as other cities appear to be setting off their own displays in the sky.

Officials in Bayonne, similar to in Jersey City and Hoboken, are dealing with an influx  of illegal fireworks being set off in the streets and have set up a task force to deal with them.

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Like the one established by Mayor Andre Sayegh in Paterson, Mayor Jimmy Davis has said the local effort will include firefighters and police officers and will seek to bring an end to what has become a nightly nuisance.

Those caught with illegal fireworks could face up to a $500 fine or even 30 days in jail. On Monday two Hoboken men were charged with Aggravated Arson after being caught shooting fireworks at a residential building in that city.

While a change in state law three years ago allows residents access to items such as sparklers and other small firecrackers, the use of roman candles, bottle rockets and other projectiles launched skyward are still illegal.

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