FOURTH OF JULY 2021: Night notes

The sun has set. As in past years, we’ll keep a running narrative of what happens in the hours ahead.

ROXBURY/OLSON: just got a text that westbound is blocked. This might be related to a gunfire investigation in the area. No injuries but there was a report of someone firing from a car at/near 5th SW and SW Cambridge.

FIRE CALLS SO FAR: 10:50 pm, and we’re hearing the first one in West Seattle since a “brush fire” call before 8 pm in the Highland Park Way/2nd SW vicinity – 2600 block of 37th SW, a “bark fire” call.

11:05 PM. – ‘LARGE HEDGE ON FIRE’: That’s the call in the 8800 block of 22nd SW [map], with four SFD units headed that way. … On arrival, they confirm a “brush fire” and they’re evacuating the house. … Scratch that, firefighters say neighbors tell them the residents aren’t home.

11:30 PM – 5-WAY CRASH: Crash affecting traffic at the Chelan/Spokane/W. Marginal/Delridge five-way. Possible DUI, police told dispatch.

11:54 PM – BRUSH FIRE: Now it’s on to a reported brush fire near Bar-S Playfields, 64th/Admiral.

11:57 PM – CRASH: A “rollover” crash is reported in the 4800 block of California SW. … The road isn’t entirely blocked; they’re talking about letting southbound buses “squeeze through.”

12:37 AM – FIREWORKS-THROWING: On the police channel, a report of someone in a car throwing fireworks at homes in the vicinity of 12th SW/SW Webster.

12:55 AM: If you find fireworks debris/trash in a park or other public space Monday morning, consider sending us a photo – ee document this every year with the help of reader photos.

1:01 AN: Police are being dispatched to a fireworks call in the 4700 block of Delridge Way SW, where multiple callers have complained that the fireworks users are “damaging cars” among other things.

104 Replies to "FOURTH OF JULY 2021: Night notes"

  • Just use a sparkler July 4, 2021 (9:21 pm)

    It is interesting to think about how all the various emergency room visits and fires that are bound to happen tonight are all totally preventable, but some people just to have to make their loud boom-boom noises with low-grade explosives.  Sigh.

    • Erithan July 4, 2021 (9:36 pm)

      Sadly, I’m super worried about fires with the lack of rain, the noise stresses me out super bad too. ><

  • Eddie July 4, 2021 (9:33 pm)

    Last year in Seattle for the fourth,  42 fingers and two hands were amputated. Think about how you’d explain to your kids how you got your nickname “three fingered” Bob.Not a big fan of fireworks outside controlled, professional situations. Sleep tight.

  • Karen Tuheo July 4, 2021 (10:04 pm)

    Why are the cops or FD not doing anything about the fireworks in WS?! There is clearly large ones going off in Fairmont Park and High Point!! Do something. There is a ban and plus you are probably freaking dogs out. 

    • John July 4, 2021 (10:25 pm)

      You must be new here… 

      • Karen Tuheo July 4, 2021 (11:13 pm)

        Yes. So what?! Laws are laws. Guess you must be from here … Based on passive aggressive comments. 

        • Wren July 5, 2021 (6:05 am)

          So… crazy and dangerous fireworks on the 4th does not mean that assaults, burglaries, car accidents, DV situations, and other things don’t happen. Police are doing their regular work AND responding the the really dangerous fireworks situations like people throwing fireworks at people and homes. Big beach fireworks just don’t take priority.  Not enough police to respond to it all. Not their fault that people want to light the sky up and be loud… I’m not a fan of the fireworks madness but I’d still rather see the police take care of the unfortunate regular crime rather than the fireworks…

        • Pessoa July 5, 2021 (9:05 am)

          Scarily, passive-aggressiveness (often signaled in a comment by the trailing off ellipsis) is only the tip of the iceberg.     

          • July 5, 2021 (11:38 am)

            Hmm, thought the use of ellipsis was a generational thing, with those in an older group using them as pauses in thought, along with periods at the ends of sentences in texts, while those in a younger group now offended by them if used in comments or texts; i.e., mom ends a text to child with a period and child thinks she’s mad at him/her. Can’t we recognize different generations contribute comments and accept everyone’s writing styles?

          • Wren July 5, 2021 (1:38 pm)

            Yeah, this may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. What’s passive aggressive about my comment? I think its your response that’s passive aggressive.  Are you trying to start a fight? Not working… and these are just to irritate you… 

    • Anne July 4, 2021 (10:26 pm)

      Do what? How many police do you think are available? I hear multiple fireworks going off-there aren’t enough police  to get to each one – nor enough fire trucks either.  Fireworks ban is a “ feel good” for most part non enforceable  law. 

    • Kirsten Whitsell July 4, 2021 (10:27 pm)

      We need a zero tolerance policy on fireworks. This is ridiculous!!!! It sounds like a war zone even though there is a ban. Fireworks shouldn’t be sold anywhere in this state. 

      • MDAK July 4, 2021 (11:05 pm)

        Agreed! While I used to enjoy fireworks (and perhaps still will with regard to professionally controlled displays), it simply doesn’t make sense anymore to sell them to regular folks with dubious decision making skills.

    • The truth July 4, 2021 (10:29 pm)

      Because they are also responding to burglaries, shootings, DUI, and other such responses.  The SW Precinct is currently very understaffed and it honestly isn’t a “priority 1” call.

      • Matt P July 4, 2021 (11:32 pm)

        Like they ever stop any of that stuff either.

    • trickycoolj July 4, 2021 (10:36 pm)

      This is pretty tame for High Point this year. Been here 9 years.

    • JJ July 4, 2021 (10:51 pm)

      We don’t have that many cops. Almost everyone needs to be self-policing for law enforcement to work on the outliers. Apparently half of West Seattle is lawless tonight.

      • Anne July 4, 2021 (11:00 pm)

        Yes- exactly!

  • Yikes July 4, 2021 (10:17 pm)

    There are people setting fireworks off literally right next to the lumber yard tonight. 😬

    • GWshark July 5, 2021 (9:50 am)

      You didn’t happen to get any photos of this did you?  Since the lumberyard and other businesses burned down last night, you may want to contact police about what you saw. 

  • Erithan July 4, 2021 (10:18 pm)

    Alley behind matador just got a huge firework. Some sort of mortar with like 20+ shells, not far from our open bins with renovation scraps. Non emergency is so swamped it’s giving busy signals. ><

  • John July 4, 2021 (10:24 pm)

    South Delridge is a literal war zone.  I have never seen or heard so many large fireworks going off from so many directions so close before. My home security system sensors were freaking out so I had to disable everything.  I never thought I’d be the grumpy old man complaining on the comment section of a local news site but this is absolutely ridiculous.  Worried about debris landing on the roof.  No chance of sleeping for sure.

    • WSB July 4, 2021 (10:27 pm)

      It’s been pretty continuous here in Upper Fauntleroy/Gatewood for the past hour-plus too.

    • L July 4, 2021 (10:39 pm)

      It’s really bad in the triangle, too. People are setting off fireworks in the closed section of the road right next to the lumber yard. They are using the traffic cones to hold their Roman candles. I’m terrified a piece of debris is going to light that place up.

      • Foop July 5, 2021 (7:27 am)

        Ls comment aged like milk :(

        • WSB July 5, 2021 (10:32 am)

          That is a reference to Alki Lumber – the road closure on 36th near Oregon, the heat damage we covered earlier in the week – NOT the White Center bar that burned.

    • Losing an Eye July 4, 2021 (11:04 pm)

      Currently the teens are spinning the mortars and diving out of the way…at some point someone won’t move fast enough. 

    • Mikayla Morris July 4, 2021 (11:15 pm)

      Same issue here John. My senior cat is sitting under the bed inconsolable. All I can do is watch others light massive fireworks near my house, and hear her cry. As much as I would love to do what the vet says, and lock her in a quiet, dark, windowless room, I don’t have any of those. People are just so inconsiderate. 

      • LY July 4, 2021 (11:42 pm)

        Mikayla,Do you have a crate you can put kitty in? Then put that crate in a bathroom and pad the windows with towels or thick fabric to dampen the noise. You can maybe also try putting towels over the crate so it’s dark for her. Poor kitty. 😭

    • Jort July 4, 2021 (11:57 pm)

      It’s not “literally” a war zone. There is not “literally” a war. 

      • HermanTheGerman July 6, 2021 (5:49 pm)

        My observation is that this country is very much at war with itself. Please heal, America.

  • Susan July 4, 2021 (10:25 pm)

    I need to be at the hospital by 0800 tomorrow for work. Tomorrow is the holiday. I don’t see that we can take the lower bridge before 0800 on holidays like we can on Saturday/Sunday.  Does anybody have any different information on this? I’m not planning on risking it tomorrow but after all, Labor Day is right around the corner…

    • Nino July 4, 2021 (10:53 pm)

      I took it on Memorial Day by mistake (forgot it wasn’t Sunday) around 7am. I got a warning in the mail, as the first one isn’t a ticket.So fairly sure that holidays do not count as weekend hours.

  • Fred Tillman July 4, 2021 (10:32 pm)

    I called to tell the non-emergency like about the fireworks…. Guess what it’s busy, there is no answer. Not supposed to call 911- apparently it’s not an emergency. Guess laws can be broken and we are not allowed to call 911!! While SPD do nothing to stop the fire works in gatewood, and Fairmont Park. Thanks for nothing city council and spd. All those vets with PTSD!! 

    • Anne July 4, 2021 (10:59 pm)

      Yeah – it’s SPD’s fault- another ridiculous statement. 

    • Resident July 4, 2021 (11:09 pm)

      People break laws that cause more harm every single day in this city.

      • Kirsten Whitsell July 4, 2021 (11:41 pm)

        The issue this year and most likely every year from now on is that we’re in the middle of a historical drought. The fire danger is very high. 

  • MDAK July 4, 2021 (10:37 pm)

    High levels of numbskullery in Highland Park! I too am primarily concerned about fires being started given how dry things are. Shooting off fireworks and dumb explosives couldn’t be more ill-advised! Not as worried about Bob Cob blowing is his fingers off, as we choose our choices and associated potential consequences.

  • BJG July 4, 2021 (10:47 pm)

    Seems like the Junction west to the Sound is getting all the stored up explosives and aerial fireworks of the previous two years detonated tonight. It’s been nonstop and maybe it’s going to be a record here. Thanks neighbors!  No sign that SPD cares. Poor old lab dog is a quivering mess even with knockout meds. She came from Idaho. Who knows what the past life did to her there?

    • Anne July 4, 2021 (10:58 pm)

      What a ridiculous statement.

  • G-rant July 4, 2021 (10:51 pm)

    Why are there so many cops on alki right now guiding traffic?

    • WSB July 4, 2021 (10:53 pm)

      They’ve had a sizable presence there all day, not unusual for the 4th.

    • Alki Local July 4, 2021 (11:06 pm)

      SPD is supposed to assist Parks to close Alki Beach at 10:00 p.m. However, fireworks have been set off there since 10:00 with no consequences and people are still driving in from side streets. It’s now 11:00 p.m. and it is only getting worse and probably will until 2 or 3 a.m. if history repeats itself.

  • Flashbang July 4, 2021 (10:52 pm)

    Must be nice to live next to one of those fancy lighted parks. Meanwhile the parks that are in the dark are a chaotic obnoxious hellscape with no enforcement in site. 

    • Trudy s July 4, 2021 (11:18 pm)

      Lights are on at the southwest complex and field. Doesn’t matter. They were going off between midnight and noon. Been going off nonstop since dusk. 

  • Kirsten Whitsell July 4, 2021 (10:53 pm)

    Are police really handing tickets out for fireworks? It sure doesn’t sound like it. 

    • aLaura Borealis July 5, 2021 (2:25 am)

      It’s not even a ticket, it’s a gross misdemeanor with a penalty of up to $5,000 and/or one year in jail. But no one stops people from buying and selling these things. It doesn’t matter how many people are injured, or how many homes are destroyed— people have this idea in their heads that it’s their right as an American to buy and discharge illegal explosives and no one will change their minds about it. 

  • Boom July 4, 2021 (11:00 pm)

    Fauntleroy Cove is having a spectacular show, like they do every year.  The cops don’t bother the rich white people even though they are setting off explosives next to a major piece of transportation infrastructure. Instead the coppers are out hunting down the black kids with a pack of firecrackers. 

    • alki_2008 July 5, 2021 (12:15 am)

      Give it a rest.  SPD isn’t “hunting down” anyone due to firecrackers. No matter what color they are or what neighborhood they live in.

    • Seriously? July 5, 2021 (12:29 am)

      That has got to be the most ignorant statement I’ve heard all day.  Grow up and quit trying to create racism out of nonsense

    • Resident July 5, 2021 (10:18 am)

      Just…WOW! I hope you understand what you said is divisive, untrue and just plain ignorant. 

  • Cee July 4, 2021 (11:09 pm)

    Admiral district literally sounds like bombs are coming at us – I am SO sorry for our local veterans 💔 The 4th of July has truly become a day of disrespect to those who’ve given everything to keep us safe :(I used to like this holiday as a kid but these individual fireworks have been nothing but stress and trauma – PLEASE leave it to the professionals!

  • WS SD Resident July 4, 2021 (11:14 pm)

    Huge fire response at 22nd and Trenton. Lots of smoke in the sky 

    • WSB July 4, 2021 (11:25 pm)

      As mentioned above, it’s a hedge. Four units were dispatched; they got it under control fairly quickly.

  • EVH July 4, 2021 (11:17 pm)

    I literally don’t know why I still live here. I hope to never have to go through another Fourth of July in West Seattle ever again. It just continually gets worse, and worse, and worse, and worse. 

    • Alayna July 5, 2021 (12:55 am)

      I moved last year from Kent.  The 4th of July is so, so much better here than Kent.  It’s like a freaking warzone down there.  I had a view of the valley and there were fireworks in every direction… 

    • StopCuttingDownTrees July 5, 2021 (3:11 am)

      I just drove from Whidbey Island, through Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Shoreline, North Seattle, Downtown, and South Park on I-5 at midnight. The fireworks in every area I drove through were worse than West Seattle. Mukilteo has GIANT signs on 522 that read FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN MUKILTEO and there were fireworks going off in all directions. 

    • newnative July 5, 2021 (11:08 am)

      It wasn’t just this region. we’re not special. 

  • EMV July 4, 2021 (11:18 pm)

    I’m listening to the scanner. To all the folk complaining about “why aren’t the police doing “ this or that…guess what- they are. There are fights, injuries, a random man walking around with a rifle on beach drive… what do you want police to do- release THE PAW PATROL!? SHUT IT!!! Turn on Platoon, Born on the 4th… Scarface- whatever, has loud shots and booms. Watch it with your dog. Enjoy your upgraded surround sound. If you’re not engaged, reporting, prepared or volunteering to be on your neighborhood fire watch, SHUT IT!!!!

    • TODD D Martin July 5, 2021 (1:20 am)

      THANK YOU..maybe all the people saying defund the police will stop whining. It’s always like this every year.  There is alot of stuff that pisses me off ..but I deal with it. Where were all of you during chop and all the destruction  in downtown last  year. White center is king county. Not seattle. Different police. If white center became its own city you could have your own police. But white center has turned into a graffiti laden shooting gallery  in broad daylight and people complain about  fireworks. Hmmm

      • Kirsten Whitsell July 5, 2021 (9:04 am)

        It’s about the fire hazard since we’re in a record breaking drought. 

    • Herongrrrl July 5, 2021 (1:40 am)

      Can confirm large SPD response to someone brandishing a gun to try to get a group to stop lighting off fireworks at Me Kwa Mooks Park. Kudos to the neighbor who deescalated the situation, and whoever called 911 and managed to get a response. Fortunately the grass fire started by another group with fireworks at the other end of the strip there on Beach Drive was short lived. Sigh, I had really hoped people would understand that the fire danger this year is just too high to use these dangerous toys.

  • JohnL July 4, 2021 (11:28 pm)

    I’ve lived in WS over 30 years. It’s the same every year and I assure you it’s not just WS. Our police cannot respond to this. It’s simply too much. The only solution would be to ban the sell of fireworks state wide. It would not eliminate them but reduce them in my opinion significantly. Good luck trying to ban them state wide. The other solution is to leave town. 

    • Kirsten Whitsell July 4, 2021 (11:43 pm)

      It would be a good thing to ban selling fireworks statewide because the risk of fire is too great with the climate crisis. 

    • Lamont July 4, 2021 (11:44 pm)

      You’d have to ban the sale of fireworks on the reservations.

      Here’s some light reading on the uphill battle in trying to enforce Washington State criminal laws on reservations:

      • Kirsten Whitsell July 4, 2021 (11:57 pm)

        Then they can set up check points for all the vehicles leaving the reservations. They would have to be used on the reservations. 

        • Scott July 5, 2021 (12:36 am)

          There are some potential Fourth Amendment issues there.  In most cases, the police cannot establish checkpoints for general law enforcement purposes.  The Supreme Court has allowed drunk driving checkpoints subject to some limitations, but (1) I don’t believe that rationale applies to fireworks checkpoints, (2) I don’t believe that would allow for permanent checkpoints, and (3) in any event it would only catch drivers who were dumb enough to leave the fireworks in plain sight (because a suspicionless checkpoint would not itself allow a search of the trunk).  I also wonder whether what amounts to border control at the edge of the reservation would violate the Indian Commerce Clause or the Tribe’s own treaty or other rights. 

          • Scott July 5, 2021 (12:44 am)

            (Fourth Amendment as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment, just to avoid a response that the Fourth Amendment applies directly only to the federal government.)

      • The King July 5, 2021 (12:45 am)

        Uphill battle to enforce Washington state laws on reservations?…. I see the desire to put native Americans in their place is alive and well. Inslee and Ferguson are trying their damndest but going nowhere with their lies and lawsuits against this states original people. If you are ever around natives in this state and don’t feel particularly welcome, please understand why. It’s been everywhere my whole life. The bumper stickers that read Save a Whale, Harpoon an Indian were popular where I grew up. 

        • HermanTheGerman July 6, 2021 (5:53 pm)

          Tell me how can I support you. I never met anyone who is a native American in Seattle. Where can I read about the state laws on reservations?

    • Gable July 5, 2021 (12:01 am)

      Enrolled members of Indian tribes are allowed to sell fireworks on the reservation and are not subject to state law. Unfortunately, no city or county has enough officers to enforce any bans they may have on setting off fireworks. 

  • Frustrated July 4, 2021 (11:34 pm)

    All these fireworks in the city are further proof that so many people are selfish and don’t care one bit about their neighbors…

  • Mariem July 4, 2021 (11:38 pm)

    Never have heard so many very loud fireworks in my north admiral neighborhood. I guess setting them off is fun..??? Anyway, I can deal just thought it was exceptionally active this year!

  • TJ July 4, 2021 (11:47 pm)

    Boom, you have any proof to back up your comment? Or is it more hyperbole to push a agenda? The police aren’t responding to any fireworks. 

  • So much noise July 4, 2021 (11:53 pm)

    The booms and blasts are drowning out the sound of nature all around us.

    A dead deer on the side of the road, struck by a car after being disoriented and afraid from the noise.

    Owls cannot communicate.

    Nocturnal animals hunkering down in fear, may go without food tonight.

    This fireworks fun comes at a cost to mother nature around us.

    Every boom sounds like, ‘we don’t care!’

    Tomorrow, the birds will have to sift through the litter and ashes, and the fish will be swimming in more polluted waters.

    Litter already lined the sides of the road, our beaches, parks, forests, streams. Now even more.

    Wish more could celebrate freedom by simply appreciating the land and sky around us.

    This time of year there is so much to enjoy, so much beauty and life growing and blooming all around, and clear skies to see the stars. Warmer water for swimming.

    We have freedom to choose how we celebrate.

    Disappointed every year we choose fireworks, when our planet is imperiled, wildlife is suffering, with many species becoming or at risk of extinction, and our region at high risk of wildfires, too.

    I’m sorry deer, birds, fish, stars…

    Another ‘Boom’…

    (‘we don’t care’)

    • wssz July 5, 2021 (5:12 am)

      You beautifully expressed exactly what I’ve been feeling all night. The barred owl duet I’ve been hearing at 12:30am every night for a month was nonexistent tonight. All the young animals and newly fledged birds and their families must think it’s Armageddon. The dawn chorus that’s been reminding me every day that we’re only a small part of the vast circle of life was silent today.  We are a selfish breed, so much different from all the other animals that depend on each other to survive. And as I listen for the birds this morning, I hear instead a steady BOOM BOOM BOOM ricocheting across the hills.

      • So much noise July 5, 2021 (8:17 pm)

        Thank you for your care and kindred comment, too.

        Also noticed the absent dawn chorus this morning, whistled off my balcony to encourage birds and other wildlife out of their bunkers.

        Hope you hear your owl neighbors tonight, longing to hear mine too, and that quiet space that holds their voices.

        Let’s wish on the stars for a strong dawn chorus return tomorrow.

    • Resident July 5, 2021 (10:33 am)

      While a nice write up your statement is pure hyperbole. Dead deer?! Sifting through ashes? Come on now…

  • Carmen July 5, 2021 (12:02 am)

    The fireworks are getting ridiculous! (Rolling eyes…) 

  • StopCuttingDownTrees July 5, 2021 (1:46 am)

    You know, anyone can simply go outside and yell at the (mostly kids and teens) to knock off the fireworks as it’s after midnight (swearing helps). I did just that 30 minutes ago and they stopped. That’s what adults did to us back in the 70s…..and we stopped, too.

    • HermanTheGerman July 6, 2021 (5:56 pm)

      Where I’m from, we know the childrens’ names and we just ask their parents to tell their kids to behave.

  • Ada July 5, 2021 (1:56 am)

    What is going on on Roxbury near 16th? Lights everywhere. 

    • WSB July 5, 2021 (1:57 am)

      Structure fire. Reporting separately.

      • Ada July 5, 2021 (2:04 am)

        Well that is terrible. Thanks for the update.

  • RVRVWRSDNT July 5, 2021 (3:21 am)

    Explosives until 3 am in Riverview. Again. Just when you think it’s safe to drift off to sleep. Nope. And another. Unbelievable. 

  • Chris July 5, 2021 (5:22 am)

    It is 5:15 am and still someone driving around North Admiral throwing out fireworks.   Imagine we will have this for a few days more at least.   Hoping for no fires.

  • Flo B July 5, 2021 (6:59 am)

    WOW!! 36 years on Alki and last night was BY FAR the noisiest night for fireworks-EVER. Nonstop and MANY big booms.  Will see what the trash looks like on Alki ave on my morning walk. 

  • 1WS Resident July 5, 2021 (8:47 am)

    As I listened (not by choice) to a near constant barrage until 4 am of MANY thousands of dollars worth of fireworks exploding I thought, “isn’t this great?”  It’s towards the first of the month and these people have all presumably paid their rent and other debts and have plenty for food and necessities. Because that is what responsible people would do.  Right?   And apparently they have enough cash left over to blow thousands of bucks on fireworks that last three seconds each and then self destruct.  Truly visionary investing/saving for their own future well being.  Maybe people don’t need as many stimulus checks and support programs after all?  That would be a nice, rare break for the middle class that invariably get stuck paying for everything.

    • Dws July 5, 2021 (9:27 am)

      Good job not sound at all like a classist or racist. 

      • Rhonda July 5, 2021 (12:32 pm)

        1WS Resident didn’t mention anything about race. Yet you insinuated that those who rent or struggle to pay bills are non-White. Your’s is an example of the systemic racism we have to deal with and White people don’t.

    • miws July 5, 2021 (9:41 am)

      1WS Resident, I absolutely hate fireworks too, for pretty much every reason commonly complained about. That being said, your comment seems to strongly imply that you assume that those setting the fireworks off are low-income, perhaps on public assistance. If that’s the case, why do you assume such? —Mike

    • An0n July 5, 2021 (10:53 am)

      It’s funny how folks on the left become folks who sound like the right as soon as they are inconvenienced. The fireworks argument is the same as the gun,  fast food, sugary drink,  loud car,  local bar, blah blah blah argument that has been blustering for decades.  There will always be a contingent that expects, nay, demands the proletariat fall in line and read a book or watch PBS and elevate their station but the sphere most people find themselves in is one that requires taking their children on a bus to buy groceries or go to the doctor, work all day in the heat to build/fix things for the privileged, etc. A bit of release is expected.  Is it dangerous? A form of potential self harm? Reckless? Yes! But, it will continue as it has until there are major changes in how we treat and compensate our fellow citizens. Most of us are under constant stress be it food insecurity,  employment insecurity,  housing insecurity,  etc. A celebration of your place in the world,  a feeling of belonging,  despite a climate that is constantly pushing against you seems like a logical expression of emotion when you have nothing else.  Spending money that they probably shouldn’t waste should tell you just how much it means to people to have that small form of release from their daily slog. Is it wise? Probably not.  May it cause harm? Maybe.  Does it provide a form of therapy that otherwise might not be sought due to stigma or financial barriers? Maybe. After that ramble,  my point is that people come from very different places emotionally and financially and expecting all to fall in line is as dangerous a thought as lighting a firework. 

    • Kirsten Whitsell July 5, 2021 (2:54 pm)

      There were PLENTY of rich people setting off illegal fireworks last night. You’re privilege is showing. 

  • Heidi July 5, 2021 (8:55 am)

    In Admiral and we had some very big ones last night. I saw a FD truck response at the site within 30 minutes. I also heard multiple whoop police sirens and saw unmarked PD vehicles throughout the night stopping folks. We’re near Olga / Admiral. My son was very scared of the booms so I’m sympathetic, but I honestly don’t know what else SPD could have done. 

  • Allan July 5, 2021 (9:12 am)

    And a Happy Independence Day was celebrated by all in West Seattle.Glad to see so much patriotism on one side, and so much appreciation for the vital services of the police on the other.  And all were well.

    • Reed July 5, 2021 (12:08 pm)

      Right, nothing screams “patriotism” more than blowing up a bunch of junk manufactured in China. The hypocrisy of those America First people who scream patriotism is astounding.

  • Flo B July 5, 2021 (9:15 am)

    Was shocked(pleasantly)to see the beach and sidewalk so clean and trash free on my walk this morning! Was some leftover fireworks  boxes further east on Alki ave but overall much better than i was expecting after last nights over the top boom fest! 

    • Kirsten Whitsell July 5, 2021 (2:50 pm)

      It’s most likely cleaned up by volunteers before you walked by. People were out this morning taking photos and cleaning up the mess the inconsiderate people left behind after setting off illegal fireworks. 

  • Terremoto July 5, 2021 (10:01 am)

    I yelled at my neighbors at 1 am, and then again at 1:30 am.  I announced the time and then yelled, “Stop being a**h*les.”  It got quieter but of course neighbor directly across had to light off explosives every 10 min. To let me know they won’t be controlled by me.  They’re not lighting pretty fireworks, it has been huge explosives constantly.  My dog medicated with 2 drugs was a mess into the morning.  This was the worst night ever, due to the huge constant booms.  You can’t control a visceral reaction to your house shaking. So tempted to throw some things in their driveways to educate them as to how sound travels to disturb their sleep.

    • flimflam July 5, 2021 (1:09 pm)

      I can’t help but wonder if a lot of folks, aside from just wanting to play with fireworks, are also going a bit extra to “stick it” to folks that ,ay not like it. “Nobody is gonna tell ME what to do!”

  • Sasquatch July 5, 2021 (10:36 am)

    Sitting on my deck last night listening to the cacophony of fireworks was pretty cool. This nation was forged in violence and bloodshed, sacrifice and rebellion. It’s kind of cool that one night a year the public engages in this illegal activity in such scale that enforcement is impossible, kind of like the revolution. Even better that we buy our implements of glory and gore from the people we stole this land from.         

  • south side bitty July 5, 2021 (11:19 am)

    this whole thread screams “Fun police” . I swear y’all are the most whiny and entitled, group of people. it’s like when people have fun in any way you don’t approve of you think they should be Locked away! i hope those of you saying “It’s the Laaaaaaawwww” keep that same energy when you bring your dogs to parks and playgrounds and let them run around without a leash. 

    • Kirsten Whitsell July 6, 2021 (1:20 am)

      It’s about the fact we’re in a burn ban because of the heat wave. Things are too dry to play with fire. 

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