New York City has made the decision to launch fireworks every night in the week leading up to US Independence Day on 4 July - but has decided not to tell the public where the fireworks can be seen in an effort to prevent crowds of spectators from gathering, APA reports citing BBC.
"To encourage and support Covid-19 safety and social distancing efforts, and mitigate the advance gathering of large crowds for an extended period of time, we have chosen to delight New Yorkers with unannounced displays across the five boroughs this year," said Macy's department store, which sponsors the pyrotechnic spectacle.
The decision has upset some city residents who have pointed to the huge uptick in illegal fireworks in recent months.
“My constituents are extremely concerned abt the Macy’s fireworks,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wrote on Twitter.
“There are already surprise fireworks shows in our neighborhoods, to the distress of people who have PTSD & pets. To have a 6 day traveling surprise fireworks show in the midst of a budget crisis doesn’t make sense,” she added.
Last night was the first five-minute display. The fireworks launched from the East River between Long Island City and the Upper East Side.
The event will culminate with a launch from the city's Empire State Building on 4 July.