Spencer Hoagland plays the guitar as friend Gemma Sherman, both of Waterford, listens as they sit on the rock wall along Pequot Avenue in New London on Sunday, May 24, 2020.
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In southeastern Connecticut, as the popularity of at-home fireworks displays has exploded, so too have the number of noise complaints and calls to police
For the holiday, police are urging residents to "leave the fireworks to the professionals," according to Paul G. Makuc, of the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigative Unit.