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Auburn police car destroyed in blaze sparked by fireworks

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm with 6 Comments »
July 5, 2012 4:58 pm

An Auburn police car was destroyed Wednesday after catching on fire, presumably from Fourth of July fireworks.

The incident occurred at 11:15 p.m. on the Muckleshoot Reservation as several officers were trying to clear the discharge area near a fireworks stand.

“We think it’s fireworks. It seems the only obvious thing it could have been,” said police Commander Mike Hirman. “Somebody noticed flames coming from the trunk. It quickly became engulfed and destroyed the whole car.”

No one was injured.

The officer tried to extinguish the blaze, but it went up too fast. Hirman said flares kept in the trunk of the unmarked sedan ignited too quickly.

“We’ll definitely get the car replaced,” he said.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. This is yet another example of why fireworks need to be banned from the idiots who use them. There is no redeeming value in these things other than for the less intelligent people amomg us who get some kind of sick gratification from making noise. When are the legislators in this state going to grow a spine and put a stop to it once and for all?

  2. ShariSanders says:

    Frosty… I agree with you completely.

  3. LiberalPower says:

    Ban them. Call your commissioners at 253-798-6697. They think you all enjoy the misery we have to live through in Pierce County. Sound off so we can end the stupidity!

  4. Comput3rguy says:

    They said “they think it was fireworks” & making yet another law to making something illegal isn’t the answer people will still them. nothing wrong with fireworks, the ones I don’t like are the bottle rockets and explosives. It’s like trying to stop people from firing guns on new years.

  5. law1204 says:

    I **hate** the 4th of July holiday just because of the laissez-faire attitude towards noisy, smelly, dangerous explosives here in Pierce County. How utterly absurd. There is no reason whatsoever for this nonsense, or the extra burden it places on our precious fire and rescue resources, which are stretched thin enough as it is, so a few drunken hillbillies with too much money on their hands can blow up their residential streets, scaring animals, maiming themselves, others, their neighbor’s landscaping, etc. For real, this stuff is BS. If people really want to watch fireworks, there are plenty of professional shows that are safely put on in the area every year.

    ENOUGH, Pierce County! Will you PLEASE ban the fireworks, already???

  6. Regfool2 says:

    Had three carloads of charming people, with their children in tow, show up across the street from our house at 11:00 PM on the fourth and start lighting fireworks (some professional grade) in the road. I went outside, advised them we had children trying to sleep, and suggested they return home and set their fireworks off in front of THEIR house. The reply was they were not permitted to do so. I told them it wasn’t fair that our neighborhood had to suffer because theirs had restrictions. They told me to, in essence to “get over it” and suggested if I was unhappy about their fireworks, I should speak to the people setting them off just up the block. They proceeded to detonate, laugh, and scream 50 feet from our house, for over an hour. The rest of our neighborhood sounded like a war zone and the explosions went on until 2:00 AM. It began June 30, and as of last night, we were still getting occasional explosions.

    Stupid is out there, folks. And it’s breeding.

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