Edmonds police handle fewer fireworks-related calls this year

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Edmonds police received 39 fireworks calls over a 24-hour period this July 4th. That was 12 fewer than in 2023.

Police did issue three fireworks infractions this year. Last year, no one was cited. The City of Edmonds has a $500 fine for setting off fireworks.

Edmonds police spokesperson Cmdr. Shane Hawley said 39 fireworks calls were received from 6 a.m. July 4 to 6 a.m. July 5. There were a total of 121 police calls during that time period, including a domestic violence incident in the downtown area and a mental health call at the waterfront, Hawley said.

The Edmonds City Council in September 2020 voted unanimously to get tougher on those who set off illegal fireworks in the city — with $500 for a first-time offense. Under the amended fireworks code, a first-time violation is now considered a non-traffic infraction. Those getting caught a second time — or more — within five years can be charged with a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.

 

  1. They don’t appear to have looked too hard. There were a significant number of explosions in the Westgate area both on the Fourth and on Friday.

  2. Recalling the extensive legislative debate and staff time in considering the fireworks city code fine change in 2020, its good to know that the police at least issued three of these tickets this year. I’d call that at least token progress in terms of enforcement and it did seem much more quiet than in years past. I sympathize with the police on this as it probably is hard to rain on the parade of people thinking they are just celebrating and having a little fun with a fairly expensive ticket but it is good to do it once in awhile to back up the signs.

  3. Having spent the last five or so years in the Chicago area over the 4th helping 3 small family owned fireworks stores, I enjoy the 4th and the sun setting with hundreds of cookouts and family fireworks displays. I can appreciate the pets that get upset, but it is a pretty awesome sight to see.

  4. I thought it was a relatively quiet Fourth, until about 10:00 pm, when the explosions started. These were not fireworks like bottle rockets or firecrackers, but loud explosions that disturbed some nearby owls and terrified our dog. As some seemed to be near or in Yost Park, I imagine it terrified the wild creatures there as well. The explosions went on for some time. I thought about calling the police, but realized it would be futile as it would have been difficult to pinpoint the exact source and probably the perpetrators would have to be caught in the act. Maybe the fewer calls this year has more to do with others thinking the same way than with fewer explosions.

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