San Jose Residents Frustrated Over Illegal Fireworks

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    The Fourth of July is over, but that doesn't appear to be the case for Townsend Park residents. Peggy Bunker reports.

    The Fourth of July is over, but that doesn't appear to be the case for Townsend Park residents.

    Neighbors in the close-knit community said every night between 1 to 4 a.m. someone is lighting off fireworks that sound like bombs.

    "In the morning at least a couple dozen bombs going off," resident Rob Garneau said. "Shakes you out of your sleep."

    Many residents in the area said they are not getting any sleep because of the fireworks.

    "I don't like it, and I want it stopped," resident Irene Chan said.

    For resident Lori Wallace-Pushinaitis, the lack of sleep she has been getting due to the fireworks is putting her life at risk.

    "I have stage four breast cancer and I am going through some pretty tough treatment right now," she said. "And I have an 8-year-old so I'm trying to stay alive for him."

    Residents would like San Jose police to do something about the fireworks. The police department said staffing an officer at the park is not feasible.

    "I want them to stop," Wallace-Pushinaitis said. "I would like to be able to sleep so I can heal from my treatment and stay alive for my child for as long as I can."