From the Queens Courier:
Police have taken to staking-out fireworks stores in Pennsylvania, looking for cars with New York plates, in response to a rise in fireworks incidents in recent years.
“We make a few arrests a week, and it goes up as Fourth of July approaches,” one officer commented. “They have to understand we mean business.”
Under their state law, it is illegal for a Pennsylvania resident to even enter a fireworks store without a permit. However, out-of-state residents “whose status is verified” can purchase fireworks, but they must be transported out of the state.
This sounds like an amazing waste of NYPD manpower.