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Tacoma police get 60 fireworks-related calls during first night of enforcement effort

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 1, 2011 at 11:47 am |
July 1, 2011 11:47 am

Ten extra Tacoma police officers were patrolling the city’s streets overnight, working the first night of a six-day enforcement effort targeting illegal fireworks.

The officers worked varying shifts between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. They handled 60 fireworks-related calls, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. There was no initial information about whether the officers wrote any tickets or confiscated any fireworks.

The Police Department will be ramping up its enforcement effort with more officers every night until the Fourth of July, when 20 officers are expected to be working overtime to handle fireworks-related call. All fireworks are banned within the City of Tacoma.

Given the upcoming three-day holiday weekend and sunny forecast, Fulghum said the fireworks-related calls are only expected to increase.

Read more about the enforcement effort by Tacoma police and other South Sound law enforcement agencies here.

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