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Fireworks fuel frustration in Joliet neighborhood

It's still a week until the Fourth of July, and the neighborhood fireworks already are becoming unbearable in Reedwood.

People from the West Side neighborhood have been calling in to the past two meetings of the Joliet City Council pleading for relief.

Kathy Spieler, a member of the Reedwood neighborhood board, said it's not getting any better.

Spieler said she was was woken up at 4 a.m. Friday.

"My entire bedroom was light," she said. "I heard a huge boom, and it happened three times in a row."

Spieler, a board member with the Reedwood Neighborhood Association, said the 4 a.m. blast became the topic of the day in the ongoing neighborhood discussion of fireworks excess.

Longtime Reedwood resident Jim Richards Sr. called in Tuesday to the City Council meeting, where public comments have been made by phone rather than in-person during COVID-19 restrictions.

Police "need our help to enforce the law, and we realize the police cannot be everywhere," Richards said. But something needs to be done to control the fireworks, he said.

One neighbor even resorted to blowing off an air horn while fireworks were blasting in an attempt to send a message that it was time to stop, he said.

Richards suggested a system in which neighborhood associations would be able to collect evidence and file complaints against fireworks violators.

Spieler said people have been filing complaints with the police and even taking their own videos to serve as evidence.

"We just haven't seen any results yet," she said. "We have a lot of neighbors upset about this."

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