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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 with 11 Comments »
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. JessicaW71970 says:

    Here’s a suggestion: City of Tacoma Leaders, make fireworks LEGAL with a $25.00 Annual permit, this way it is not only affordable for most people, but it can generate funds for the city, help pay for those that are stupid enough to not follow safe practices with fireworks and then there is no need for the additional police patrols. Require the permit holder to display their permit prominently as would be necessary for any other permit required by the city or county, ie alarm permits, business licenses, etc. This could and should be the way to handle the fireworks in the city of Tacoma issue, it’s the one day a year that I, a red-blodded american woman, want to light off a bunch of sparkely stuff in the sky and celebrate my countries freedom….

  2. tomwa007 says:

    Please tell us how many citations we issued? Please justify what the citizens of Tacoma are being charged for.

  3. tomwa007: I will be doing that but not until the end of the enforcement campaign. That’s when we get the numbers.

  4. Kevindot1 says:

    Just a joke of an enforcement plan – as always. The problem is, the cops have to see a person with illegal fireworks in their possession or lighting them off. If those two things do not happen, no one gets in trouble for anything. When the neighbors are making the calls is when the police need to be there.. By the time the police get to the location, the people lighting them off are no longer doing so, and therefore the police don;t get to do anything. So, adding extra police to this meaningless task force is pointless. We need to have a lot extra firemen on duty, not police.

  5. When police don’t respond for an hour or more after receiving a complaint call there is absolutely nothing for them to see, cite or take any other enforcement action on. The only people that get caught at all are those too drunk/high to leave the area or go back inside their residence and lie low.

    Even only the really stupid ones stick around blowing stuff up long enough to have the police eventually show up (with about a 1 in 100 chance the police actually will), and even then they only ‘might’ get their fireworks confiscated and are then left to go buy some more or retrieve more from their ‘stash’. Meanwhile, the law abiding neighbors continue to have more fires and noise to deal with while being put ‘on hold’ as they continue to repeatedly call the police.

  6. Pecksbadboy says:

    If they do not write $60,000 in fines, which I beleive is the actually cost of overtime and enforcement, then this article is mute.

    Please give us real numbers as soon a possible or don’t even comment on non enforced Tacoma city mandates.

  7. Ok, once and for all, here is how we permanently fix the illegal fireworks problem. They are sold on the reservations correct? The reservations are considered “soveriegn” correct? No one can do anything about a sovereign nation selling fireworks in its own territory..correct?

    Okay then, set up checkpoints at every access to the “borders” of those “sovereign nations” and treat it like any other border crossing….then inspect every vehicle coming in. Confiscate all SMUGGLED illegal contraband, and IMPRISON everyone coming through our border on charges of smuggling explosives…What the heck, we could just about consider such a thing an act of terror couldnt we!!

    Okay, problem solved once again by the wise and wonderful Dcr628…No fees charged but contributions appreciated. ;)

  8. itwasntmethistime says:

    Pecks — mute?? It can’t speak?? What???

  9. jasonfin1128 says:

    Police should focus on more important things. Or maybe they have solved all the murders, kidnappings, and other serious crimes. As far as check points go, that is easier said than done when you have reservation land cut and sliced up all over the place. Not to mention that would be federal jurisdiction, not state. The indians can only sell what the federal U.S. government permits them to sell. I have an Indian neighbor down the road selling fireworks from his yard. He can because that is somehow still tribal land. However, the house on each side of him is not. There are many such places all over pierce county. Also, what is the difference between someone driving to a black cat stand and getting some artillery shells vs getting the same shells at a reservation? Other than getting it on a reservation, nothing.

  10. joyceloveland says:

    First, when you call in a complaint regardless of what it is, if you call 911 or the non-emergency number you DO NOT get the police, fire department, what you get is LESA, a calling center who is NOT connected to any government agency. When you call in your complaint it usually takes three (3) phone calls to get any response, if LESA even contacts anyone at all. Some of the LESA individuals are making decisions that they should not be causing citizen’s to blame it on the help agency they are wishing to contact. This is the issue that needs to be looked at so perhaps citizen’s can feel some comfort in knowing at least they were heard.

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