Rant: Fireworks at 11pm the day or days AFTER new year's or other big events

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  • #869730

    J242
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    What is the deal with some people? Last night at around 11pm some jerks started shooting off mortar rounds. One every 10 minutes or so on Delridge. You’d think the 1 year in jail and/or $5,000 fine would be enough of a disincentive to prevent people from doing this but apparently it’s not considered a big deal by PD. These weren’t little bottle rockets either, these were the drop-in “cannon shot” booming mortars and in a dense residential area where I’m sure many people besides just my family could “feel” the vibration from each shot in our floorboards.

    How about increasing the penalty and actually enforcing it? I understand that would be difficult to manage on the 4th of July or New Year’s eve but what about during Seahawks games and random non-event day/nights? Sheesh.

    #869748

    ellenp
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    I’m in Fauntleroy and I heard it. Very annoying.
    I call the Seattle Police non emergency number (206) 625-5011, when I can give them a location. Do you know where on Delridge they were?
    I bet they have a few more they’ll light off.

    #869749

    anonyme
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    I think most sane people have realized how out of control the fireworks situation has become. We need to come together with a plan to combat this problem. I’m tired of reading (and writing) rants while feeling powerless to make a difference as an individual.

    Just off the top of my head, perhaps groups (not just individuals) could attend Council meetings and demand police response? An online petition could be started with the same purpose, directed at the SPD, Mayor, and Council. Maybe a website that would allow for serial offenders to be reported? Often it’s difficult to tell precisely where fireworks are coming from, even when they are close. The locations need to be precisely pinpointed, and some kind of pressure brought to bear on offenders through neighborhood action. Could SPD maintain an online reporting form specifically for fireworks, with mandatory fines for repeat offenders? Could offenders be reported to homeowner’s insurance companies as risks?

    At least these approaches would help to document the scope of the problem; currently, SPD just ignores the calls. I would like to see a report from SPD on how many tickets are actually issued around here – ever. I’ll bet it’s few to none.

    Other ideas?

    #869808

    J242
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    I did contact the non-emergency line and reported the incident(s). We have a townhouse just off of Delridge (closest corner would be Thistle) so I called it in as “Near Delridge & Thistle”. Apparently the police scanner reported a call about them at Delridge & Cloverdale? That seems too far away to be able to feel the pressure impact in our place. I would guess (from the clarity of sound and impacts) these numbskulls were setting them off at the north bound bus stop on Delridge but I didn’t want to escalate the situation by confronting them so I didn’t get dressed and go check.

    Next time I will do so and try to provide the PD descriptions of the people. They’re probably out of fireworks now though. lol

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by J242.
    #869811

    J242
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    “At least these approaches would help to document the scope of the problem; currently, SPD just ignores the calls. I would like to see a report from SPD on how many tickets are actually issued around here – ever. I’ll bet it’s few to none.”

    Agreed. I bet SPD could get 1/4 of the funding for it’s proposed new PD center up north if they decided to actually bust people setting them off during Seahawks games alone. At $5K a pop that would add up reeeeaaal fast.

    Let the city handle the fireworks, they are safer and waaaaay better than anything you can get from the fireworks stands out of town. ;)

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