A drunken couple setting off fireworks early this morning prompted nearly four-dozen 911 calls from Queen Anne residents who thought they were hearing gunshots, police said.
Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson said that officers were dispatched to the 400 block of West Republican Street around 3:30 a.m. for reports of gunfire. Some callers said they saw a man shooting a gun, others reported hearing a woman crying and people running.
Officers were led to an apartment in the 500 block of West Mercer Street, where they confronted a 33-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. Both appeared to be drunk and officers could smell marijuana inside the home, Jamieson said.
The woman told police that they had been outside, shooting each other with Roman candle-style fireworks. She said she had been laughing, not crying.
Police found remnants of fireworks in the street, Jamieson said.
Neither was arrested. Police are requesting that the Seattle City Attorney’s Office charge them with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.