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FOURTH: North End was like a war zone

Letter by Roberta S. Larson, Tacoma on July 7, 2011 at 11:08 am with 12 Comments »
July 7, 2011 2:21 pm

Re: “July 4th sees fires, injuries” (TNT, 7-6).

I was really disappointed in the police coverage of the illegal fireworks in the North End this year. It was like a war zone trying to walk to and from the fireworks to watch near St. Patrick’s Church this year, and not one police car was anywhere to be seen.

Our poor animals were distraught until things finally settled down at 3 a.m. To have only have issued 26 citations is ridiculous. The police could have done that in a three- block radius of our house!

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  1. surething says:

    It was a war zone in most neighborhoods.

  2. fbergford says:

    Roberta…I’m playing the world’s tiniest violin for you! Get over it!

  3. Agreed Roberta; Fberg? There’s a better use for your violin, considering that within the city fireworks are illegal. Since when does your right to celebrate the 4th entitle you to blow off a batch of M-100’s and break the law? How patriotic is it for groups of men to get stinking drunk and play with dynamite? Sounds incredibly stupid, and home owners shouldn’t have to worry about some drunk burning down their house. Your entitlement is liken to a drunk driver telling a pedestrian victim’s family to get over it after the drunk murdered the victim . Let the professional pyrotechs handle the shows. You get over it- the law is on Roberta’s side.

  4. Kevindot1 says:

    Get over it, people. I have never heard more people whine about something that has been going on for decades upon decades. It will happen again at the end of the year, and again next Fourth.

  5. ImAKoala says:

    People who complain about the police response to fireworks seem to have forgotten that the officers might have better things to do on the Fourth than write tickets for fireworks. They are trying to handle fireworks complaints on top of the normal workload, plus additional incidents that happen because it was a holiday and the weather was warm.

    The better the weather around here, the stupider people get. I can promise you there were enough drunken idots fighting, domestic disputes, thefts, and traffic collisions to keep the officers plenty busy.

    Do people honestly expect there to be enough officers to handle every fireworks complaint? Are officers supposed to drop everything of a higher priority to handle fireworks?

  6. pazzo242 says:

    Would you like cheese with that whine……..wan-wan-wan. 4th of July means fireworks–so get over it.

    By the way, why is it illegal to have ANY fireworks in the City but the City has a firework display? If it’s OK for the government to do it, it should be OK for everyone else.

  7. scooter6139 says:

    Idiots. 4th of July means ORGANIZED and PROFESSIONAL fireworks. Joe Bob and Ned blowing each-others fingers off is NOT patriotic in any way. You want to blow crap up? Do it some place that it is LEGAL to do so and that is not in Tacoma.

  8. itwasntmethistime says:

    Kevin — this has not been going on for decades and decades. The fireworks we lit off when I was a kid are nothing compared to what people can get their hands on today. Go get yourself a pack of ground bloom flowers and some tiny firecrackers and the complaints will stop.

  9. tacomanewsguy says:

    I agree the police have other more important calls like shootings etc. and the fire dept. has fires, (which maybe caused by fireworks), medical emergencies etc. Roberta, I agree the fireworks were exploding here in north Tacoma, an increase than usual. Normal just a few (3-6 or fewer) fireworks are let off. The law is on Roberta’s side – fireworks are illegal in Tacoma city limits.

  10. Unfotunately, the bombardment will probably be even worse next year, so you might want to try this procedure my neighbor told me about.

    If you have a bathroom in the center of the house that doesn’t contact an outside wall, after turning up your radios and tv sets take a comfortable chair, a good book, a fan, your dog with some water and treats and hole up during the peak hours.

    I did this and our golden retreiver who would have been terrorized was just fine.

  11. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    If a person is silly enough to believe that some fireworks going off is in any way, shape, or form like a ‘war zone’, it’s very fortunate that such a person hasn’t been in one or they’d snap, going that very narrow distance between them being a bit off to being truly nuts.

    Is this an overstatement, fireworks in a neighborhood being like a war zone, or utter ignorance?

  12. It’s gotten totally out of hand. It isn’t about patriotism.

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