What the problem is with fireworks | Letter to the Editor

What’s the problem with fireworks? It’s 2 a.m. and the fireworks are still going off. The Fourth of July was over a week ago. What can be done to stop the noise? That’s the problem.

What’s the problem with fireworks? It’s 2 a.m. and the fireworks are still going off. The Fourth of July was over a week ago. What can be done to stop the noise? That’s the problem.

The first response is “Well just call the police.” Will that work? I requested public documents about fireworks citations (arrest or ticket) and convictions. It covered the last five years. The response was that there are none. Zip. Nada. Later, I heard a police office quoted saying there were no citations this year, or the year before that, or before that.

At the July 2015 Public Safety Committee meeting the fireworks issue was discussed. I took away from that meeting:

1. It’s hard to find where the fireworks are being set off.

2. It’s hard to identify the illegal from the legal fireworks.

3. To cite someone the officer must basically see the person set off the firework.

4. Reportedly the prosecutor doesn’t bring such cases to court.

5. Last, confiscation of fireworks is difficult. The Pierce County Bomb Squad is required.

How does this work out in the real world? The Courier-Herald of July 29th published the police blotter, which stated that on July 19th, police found four men shooting off fireworks. The officers were called away, but later returned. As they were unable to identify the person shooting off the fireworks, they left.

I think someone has a photo of this incident.

To restate the problem: “It’s 2 a.m. and the fireworks are still going off. The Fourth of July was over a week ago. What can be done to stop the noise?”

Notice this isn’t about fun, or tradition, or fire, or safety or freedom. It’s about the weeks on both sides of the Fourth when the fireworks blow. It’s about pets running off, or scared or having to be medicated. It’s about not getting a night’s sleep. It is about the 5 percent or whatever of people that ruin it for the rest of us.

Grant Sulham

Bonney Lake

 

More in Letters to the Editor

Anthem protests about equality, not disrespect

For all who write negative comments about the football players who took a knee and posted that “this is not the America we grew up in,” let me share a few of the personal events from my life growing up in Tacoma Washington as a white woman.

Former fan finished with disrespectful NFL players

I lived off the grid for 15 years and the one thing I missed the most was watching pro football.

Children of illegal immigrants should stay

You are not “making America great again.” You are just making it more intolerant to diversity.

More information needed on proposed recycling site

We want to bring awareness to your readers about a 34 acre wood recycling center that is in the permitting process with King County.

Congratulations, Jan Molinaro

In every election, one person must win and the other will lose. Now more than ever, it is important to show our children how to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.

Enumclaw mayor deserves a thanks for a job well done

I have always been proud to say I live in Enumclaw.

Clarification on Expo Center funding vote

As a citizen that values our local paper and likes to stay informed about the upcoming elections, I have enjoyed reading the Courier Herald debate for the Enumclaw Mayoreal election.

Molinaro an excellent candidate for Mayor

Following my two interviews with candidate Malinaro, I feel that we are fortunate to have a candidate who is well prepared to provide the leadership we need for a growing community.

The definition of insanity

It is totally clear that the incumbent mayor lacks any ability to bring people together and get things done. She is a failure as mayor, making Black Diamond a laughing stock with her out of control behavior and outbursts at Council meetings.

Baxley and Young should have showed up at public forum

On Tuesday, October 17th, was the Black Diamond Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum, where the Black Diamond candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions had the opportunity to talk with the citizens of Black Diamond, and to answer questions put to them by these citizens.

Enumclaw helped raise $3,500 for Special Olympics

The last couple of weekends the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved with our annual Tootsie Roll Program.

Baxley is an important choice for Black Diamond mayor

Judy Baxley has been part of our local civics for years, and thank goodness because citizen involvement is critical to monitoring big developers.