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TPD responded to 151 fireworks calls but weren’t fast enough for 1 homeowner

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 5, 2011 at 9:01 am |
July 5, 2011 9:40 am

FireworksTacoma police officers responded to more than 150 fireworks-related calls Monday night but when they didn’t show up for one East Side homeowner’s complaints, he decided to take action himself.

The homeowner, who lives in the 3500 block of East K Street, became irate over the lack of police response to his fireworks-related complaints about the neighbors, Tacoma police reported.

The homeowner grabbed a BB gun, went outside and told his neighbors he was going to shoot them. Police reported that the homeowner pointed the BB gun at his neighbors and pulled the trigger several times.

The neighbors thought the gun was misfiring. They didn’t realize it was a BB gun.

Officers arrested the homeowner on suspicion of first-degree assault.

Meanwhile, Tacoma police officers working overtime for fireworks-related enforcement responded to 151 calls and complaints from 8 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. today. All fireworks are illegal in the City of Tacoma and those caught lighting them off face a $257 fine.

Officers wrote 26 citations and confiscated several pounds of illegal fireworks late Monday and early today. The confiscated fireworks were either placed into evidence or fireworks lockers for future disposal.

The Tacoma Police Department’s fireworks enforcement will continue tonight. The department has been putting extra officers on the streets since Thursday to handle the fireworks-related calls.

On Sunday, the officers responded to 114 calls/complaints and issued 12 tickets.

The News Tribune will get the total number of fireworks-related calls, tickets issued and explosives confiscated when the enforcement campaign is over with for the year.

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