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Checklist: Your fireworks might be illegal if …

South Sounders should think twice about lighting their fireworks this Fourth of July if they don’t meet the following criteria, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The explosives could be illegal if:

• They’re not from a licensed fireworks stand.

• They aren’t packaged in bright colors with safety warnings on the packaging.

• There’s not a country of manufacture listed on the packaging.

• They’re wrapped with plain brown paper, instead of bright colors.

• They’re solid red, silver or brown.

• They look like rolls of coins with a fuse coming out the side.

• They look

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Man injured by firework exploding in face

A 23-year-old man in the South Hill area was hurt when a firework exploded in his face Tuesday, KIRO-TV reported.

It happened about 11 p.m. in the 13600 block of 94th Avenue East.

Randy Stephens with Central Pierce Fire & Rescue told KIRO-TV that the man lost vision in one eye and was most likely using illegal fireworks.

The man was treated at Harborview Medical Center for chest and facial injuries.


Fireworks cheat sheet: Are they legal?

In advance of the Fourth of July, the Office of the State Fire Marshal has released a checklist for how to tell the difference between illegal and legal fireworks.

The highlights include:

Top signs that your fireworks may be illegal:

  1. They weren’t purchased from a licensed fireworks stand.
  2. They aren’t packaged in bright colors and have safety warnings on the packaging.
  3. The packaging doesn’t indicate the country of manufacture.
  4. It’s not wrapped in bright colorful paper, typically wrapped with plain brown paper.
  5. It’s a solid red, silver or brown in color.
  6. It resembles a roll of coins with

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

Tacoma 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

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

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

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Fireworks damage vacant East Side home

Fireworks sparked an early morning blaze Monday at a vacant, two-story home on the East Side, the Tacoma Fire Department reported.

Crews were called to the home in the 1400 block of East 30th Street just after 1:10 a.m. Monday. They found flames coming from both floors of the home, firefighters reported. Crews worked to protect a nearby house.

The blaze caused $82,000 in damage to the property and contents of the vacant home and $2,000 damage to the neighboring home, the department reported.

Firefighters determined fireworks ignited the blaze.

No injuries were reported.