Submitted by ub on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:24

There was another loud explosion tonight in Pelham Bay Park. Local resident Nancy Lunnie Jones says she happened to be at the scene by chance picking up her son from a friend's house. She says windows were blown out of houses. The 3 story brick home her son was in shook violently. She goes on to say "We are not strangers to fireworks in these neighborhoods. EVERY person was out in front of their houses. I've never seen that happen."

Just another day near paradise? Over way too many years, bomb blasts and powerful explosions have frightened residents by blowing open locked doors, cracking ceilings and breaking more glass windows than too many people have grown tired of counting.

NYPD blasts, rapid-fire shooting and mushroom clouds have appeared over City Island as millions of bullets are fired and hundreds of thousands of fireworks are disposed of.

For more than 50 years, the city police have been conducting firearms training, detonating bombs and destroying illegal fireworks on Rodman's Neck in Pelham Bay Park, less than a mile from City Island.

Residents have been expecting relief from the noise and smoke and the police agreed to establish buffers between the island and Rodman's Neck. But actions speak louder than words.