Boston Police and Fire Departments responded when procession fireworks caused a trash fire early on Sunday evening at the park on Prince Street in the North End, known as the Gassy and DeFilippo Playground. The display was set off as part of the religious procession in honor of Madonna della Grazie. Complaints quickly rolled in to 311 from concerned neighbors.
The trash fire was out when time Boston Fire arrived, though charred a nearby tree. Resident Janine Coppola shares these photos of the trash left behind saying, “This is awful! Whoever lit fireworks in the Gassy today should have been considerate and swept up the debris left behind. There are burnt out fireworks all over the tot lot, the swing set area, and the basketball court (which also has a nasty burn mark at center court). Not okay folks! What is it to bring a trash bag, a few brooms, and a few volunteers from your group to sweep up the mess!”
Another 311 complaint said, “Mid-day fireworks at the playground? Must be in connection with one of these great weekly parades.” It was closed with the remark, “Case noted.”