The nightly cacophony of fireworks explosions in Los Angeles popped earlier and louder this year, sparking bemusement and frustration across the city. Complaints to the LAPD skyrocketed. Yet officers cited only one person this year through June 23. The department, which says it defers to its officers’ discretion on public safety and favors education over enforcement, has become less reliant on tickets or arrests for fireworks use, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of a decade of dispatch logs and booking reports.
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