FOLLOWUP: Fireworks aftermath, more brush-fire calls, and neighborly cleanups

Again this year, we asked for photos of fireworks debris/trash encountered by readers this morning. What you see above is from Kay, who reported fireworks aftermath at Lincoln Park, “from the south parking lot to the pool.” And while we can’t say for sure whether fireworks are to blame, just before 5 am, this fire broke out in trees on the park’s west-facing slope:

Andrew saw it from a ferry; the SFD log shows two engines and a ladder truck were sent. The aftermath of another brush fire is part of Kim‘s report from High Point:

I just went up to Walt Hundley Park with a bucket and garbage picker. There is so much small fireworks debris in the park and street at 34th and Myrtle, I could not pick it all up. I concentrated on picking up the bigger stuff.

It appears there was a brush fire last night across from the park on the weedy slope next to Guadalupe. There is a burned area and the resulting messy mud in the road must be from the water used to extinguish the fire. (I reported this to the city’s Find It Fix It app, along with some big garbage dumped there that was too much for me to manage this morning.)

It’s too bad that the people who create the mess don’t clean up after themselves. But I encourage neighbors to get out and help clean up their neighborhoods today. If this street is any indication, it’s a mess out there.

The SFD log does show a brush-fire call at 1:22 am in that area. Also from High Point, Codrin sent this photo from Viewpoint Park:

Here’s a texted photo from EC Hughes Playground:

Heading north, from Leigh at 36th/Lander:

On my morning walk saw this. Helped a neighbor clean up.

Just one of several photos sent by Pat, at Don Armeni Boat Ramp:

And from Kristina, at Whale Tail Park:

At least they cleaned up the trash? Sounded like a war zone for hours last night.

Thanks again to those who sent photos and/or were out cleaning up this morning – we will add any other photos we receive –

ADDED 2:28 PM: From Brooke, at Highland Park Spraypark:

It’s not so bad as others but the kids are playing barefoot in/around it. Also the Roxhill park and parking lot were covered with fireworks debris, so much that my kids decided not to play there this morning.

41 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Fireworks aftermath, more brush-fire calls, and neighborly cleanups"

  • flimflam July 5, 2021 (1:04 pm)

    Despicable. Just some old fashioned patriotic 4th of July fun, huh? I messed with fireworks as a kid but we o ly had really small scale stuff – bottle rockets, maybe some Roman candles, but nothing like these huge mortars, etc..

  • Jon. July 5, 2021 (1:18 pm)

    It’s my understanding that it’s illegal to set off fireworks in the city of Seattle. What is SPD’s position on enforcement? 

    • Anne July 5, 2021 (2:19 pm)

      Why don’t you call  or email & ask them? How many police would we need to patrol the whole of WS-& what -arrest everyone they see ( if they even actually see them doing it) considering what it sounded like & what folks reported – there were fireworks everywhere . But please -call SPD & ask. By the way-when fireworks sales become illegal in King County don’t expect much of a change-most of those big boomers were not bought at regular fireworks stands.  Just like now- folks who want to set those off will have no trouble buying them. 

      • wsres July 5, 2021 (5:21 pm)

        You can buy those large mortars at any “safe and sane” stand now. There seems to be no difference of what you can buy from Native’s stand and safe and a black cat stand. There used to be a big difference.

    • Bill July 5, 2021 (2:48 pm)

      Try the city council!  The cops do not make the laws — 

    • My two cents … July 5, 2021 (3:55 pm)

      @jon talk to Gonzalez and Herbold, I’m sure they will do something about it as long as you proved a photo opportunity for them and you are ok with a community outreach compared to actually doing something about it. Lack of accountability just doesn’t sit with just SPD, remember that our Council plays an outsized role.

    • Joan July 6, 2021 (10:03 pm)

      They WON’T respond. I called it in, living on a greenbelt with M80s being set off.

  • Pdx77 July 5, 2021 (1:19 pm)

    Last night, someone decided it was a good idea to shoot their gun at our houses.  The bullet went right through my neighbors living room and exited out of their house and hit my house.Fortunately everyone is alright and it only nicked my house.  If it had gone through my wall it would of most likely have hit me since that’s where I was sleeping.I can sort of understand the fireworks, but shooting guns into peoples houses?

    • StopCuttingDownTrees July 5, 2021 (2:49 pm)

      Where was this? I heard several, distinct, evenly-spaced gunshots in Arbor Heights around 2am.

      • pdx77 July 5, 2021 (4:36 pm)

        Youngstown, most likely came from Dragonfly Pavilion or along the trail there 

    • Greengirl July 5, 2021 (6:29 pm)

      Pdx77, So sorry that this happened and very glad that nobody was hurt. Be well and take care.

    • microveldt July 5, 2021 (10:18 pm)

      Add my house to the count of homes fired at. We had a through and through bullet go through the house sometime between 11:30 and midnight. Shot probably came from the trail.

  • Jeepney July 5, 2021 (1:21 pm)

    Just some “patriotic “ Americans celebrating their hard fought freedom.

  • Oakley34 July 5, 2021 (1:22 pm)

    Not pictured below the shot of Viewpoint Park are the HUNDREDS of 1 inch pieces of confetti that were popped out either by fireworks or some sort of party poppers.  They were blowing around into the pond and grass slopes early this AM. 

  • JA July 5, 2021 (1:28 pm)

    Westcrest “Lid”.  Every year – unrelenting fireworks and all the kinds of damage. Those stumps of long grass were still smoking at 10:00 AM. This is only but one massive heap of destruction.

  • Al July 5, 2021 (2:33 pm)

    Meh. I heard quite a few fireworks last night, but nothing too crazy nor problematic. I don’t see the big deal. It sounds like there were no significant structure fires in W Seattle city limits, just a little burned grass and trash left out by irresponsible kids. Seems a small thing to complain about so much. 

    • Amy July 5, 2021 (2:54 pm)


    • Auntie July 5, 2021 (3:18 pm)

      Then I’d sure like to see you out there cleaning up the trash and replanting the burned grass and other areas that burned. You’d be singing a different tune if it was your yard that was trashed or burned, but since it’s somebody else’s, it’s not big deah, huh. Meh, indeed.

    • Bob July 5, 2021 (3:18 pm)

      Dogs scared and reacting to each pop, and little sleep…yeah, big deal. 

    • StopCuttingDownTrees July 5, 2021 (3:51 pm)

      Exactly. Most July 4th’s are nowhere near as dry as this, anyway. It’s just noise, and it’s only once a year. Neighbors have 365 days after each July 4th to discuss the situation with their fireworks-enthusiast neighbors and request that they stop at midnight, aim them away from high-risk areas, etc. Work something out with the people who you share your residential area with. Ask them to clean up their mess. Tell them it upsets your animals. Ask them what their emergency plans are if they start your roof on fire. Discuss legal action if they are uncooperative.

      • KBear July 5, 2021 (8:19 pm)

        No, it is not “once a year”. It is all the days leading up to July 4, and all the days after (until they run out of ammunition). It is New Year’s and after every Seahawks and Sounders win. And sometimes when they lose (because they had the fireworks ready anyway.) July is generally dry in Seattle, so it is not “just noise”—there’s always a fire danger. I shouldn’t have to “work something out” with my neighbors. They should not be setting off fireworks, period.

        • StopCuttingDownTrees July 5, 2021 (10:46 pm)

          If you can’t directly tell your neighbors how their fireworks are negatively affecting you, then you’re giving them tacit approval to blast them off. Being passive-aggressive by complaining about them online but not confronting them in person helps no one. SPD and SFD aren’t going to enforce any fireworks laws (they never did even when fully-funded years ago) so it’s up to each individual neighborhood to deal with their own problem neighbors.

          • Auntie July 6, 2021 (1:41 pm)

            Maybe if we lived in Mayberry RFD we could go ask our neighbors to stop. But confronting some of the people in my neighborhood (specifically the ones who are firing off M-80s and the like) is only going to be asking for trouble. They will just point the next bottle rocket my way. Hmph. I just hunker down until it’s done.

      • miws July 5, 2021 (8:53 pm)

        No, it’s *not* “just noise” it’s toxic smoke too, and my diseased lungs don’t appreciate it, especially since yet one more lung condition has been added to the list in the past few months. —Mike 

      • anonyme July 6, 2021 (6:56 am)

        No negotiating with terrorists.  Should we also “work things out” with the local drug dealer, pedophile, burglar?  Why are criminals allowed to dictate the way we live in Seattle?  The setting off of mass amounts of illegal fireworks is not a victimless crime, and the environmental damage to the air, water, and soil with toxic carcinogens affects everyone.

      • Ms. Sparkles July 6, 2021 (1:04 pm)

        I knocked on the door of the neighbor who was setting off fireworks from his back yard over SW Charlestown St. (thus causing a traffic danger in addition to the normal illegal nuisance stuff) and the woman who answered the door said she was sorry and she’d talk to her husband (who was the one setting them off) – I waited and they stopped…. for about 3 minutes & then resumed because people who set them off KNOW all the reasons their neighbors beg them not to, but they just don’t care.

    • Lisa July 6, 2021 (1:44 am)

      Not a big deal. Really. What about those of us that have to work the next day. Not everyone has the luxury of getting a day off. My poor kitty was terrified. Between the fireworks and the police sirens I didn’t get to sleep until 5am. My coworker that works day shift at 7am was walking her dog at 5am and could still hear fireworks. I got 5 hours of sleep. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one. There are other ways of celebrating America. 

    • Plf July 6, 2021 (7:12 am)

      Al, next year let’s be in touch, so you can shadow me in the ED at HMC, perhaps seeing first hand the  burns, lost fingers and eye trauma will change your mind that fireworks  it is not a big are ignorant of the human cost fireworks  create.  Fortunately no one in our community died this year but there were significant injuries,  

    • alki_2008 July 7, 2021 (1:59 am)

      Someone confronted people about fireworks last week on Alki Beach. That was followed by a shooting that left one person dead and three others injured.

      Why should I have to communicate with my neighbors to stop their fireworks? It’s illegal behavior. It’s not like I’m asking them to turn down their stereo. Should I also tell them not to break into my car (which is illegal) or not to throw eggs at my house (which is illegal) or not to take my bike from my yard and ride it (which is illegal)?

      I shouldn’t have to ask my neighbors to not do illegal things.

      • Rhonda July 7, 2021 (2:48 pm)

        Well, if you or your neighbors won’t don’t do it, nobody will. SPD and SFD absolutey won’t do anything. I guess your only options every July 4th are earplugs and keeping your yard and roof well-watered, then.

  • Karen July 5, 2021 (2:56 pm)

    Disgusting! No regard for people, pets, property, nothing. 

  • Mj July 5, 2021 (3:02 pm)

    It would be interesting to know the number of citations issued by the SPD on this item?

  • Mike July 5, 2021 (3:16 pm)

    July 4 – the Day of Pigs!

  • John July 5, 2021 (4:22 pm)

    These are ‘Patriotic Despicables’!   Buying fireworks from China to pollute America.  Go Team America!         Aren’t most of these people being investigated for their role on January 6?

    • Pessoa July 6, 2021 (10:43 pm)

      John: The election is over, you might want to think about moving on with your life and worrying about a president already with a couple of air strikes under his belt and who installed a defense chief with deep ties to the military industrial complex.  By the way,  the lives of many of your fellow Americans, who were only tangentially involved in the Jan 6th ugliness are being upturned by the F.B.I. and some remain in solitary confinement.  This should concern all of us, regardless if it is Antifa, Jan. 6th rioters, or any other American.     

    • alki_2008 July 7, 2021 (2:02 am)

      People aren’t setting off fireworks to be patriotic. This isn’t a political talking point.

      People are setting off fireworks because they find it fun, until they get burned or lose an appendage. If you think it’s only “patriots” buying fireworks then you are sorely misinformed.

  • WS Resident July 5, 2021 (6:24 pm)

    No need for police in these situations.  Our city council will send social workers and mental health counselors to help the offenders get in touch with their inner feelings about blowing stuff up, thrashing neighborhoods and keeping everyone within earshot awake with a constant stream of explosives and gunfire simulators until 4 am. That might work if you believe that a very disruptive group is going to actually listen while a social worker keeps annoying them by asking them kindly to behave like good considerate neighbors.  Gut feeling the social worker will be greeted by single finger sign language and words that can’t be printed here.  Bets on how the councils grand plan for talk till they drop will work out?
    If you want actual results, defend the police, not defund.

  • Rumbles July 5, 2021 (7:47 pm)

    Not advocating for fireworks or the damage they cause.  However, those photos don’t show the level of garbage abs debris I recall in past years.  

  • AH July 5, 2021 (10:25 pm)

    We picked up 2 full bags of garbage at the Highpoint pond and view point.  Gave up on the confetti mentioned above and failed to take pictures but it was pretty gross how much had been left there and ended up in the waterfall and such. 

  • Pessoa July 6, 2021 (8:44 am)

    The 4th of July doesn’t exactly sneak up on anyone.  People have plenty of time to prepare, to make arrangements for their animals (and for themselves if they are traumatized by fireworks) and to talk to their neighbors about excessive noise and potential property damage. Should they have to?  Maybe not, but it is the 4th of July and it comes once a year.  This year as we exit “annus horribilis,” it is as much a national catharsis as it is a celebration, to blow stuff up.  Stop being such scolds. 

  • Hypocrites July 6, 2021 (9:47 am)

    Whether it’s fireworks or gunshots or donuts or speeding, it’s not a problem unless it happens around my house.  That seems to be the prevailing attitude among many. 

    My kids are perfect so the problem must be YOUR kids. 

    Fireworks are fun, I love the loud noises … it bothers YOUR pet, oh well that’s why I don’t shoot them off around MY house (my pet is sleeping). 

    The speed limit says 20mph, there are no sidewalks, many blind curves … but you don’t live here, this isn’t YOUR neighborhood so you fly down the hill doing 40mph.  God forbid someone drove that fast past your house. 

    Apparently personal responsibility stops when it becomes an inconvenience to you.  If you’re not part of the solution, you are the problem.

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