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July 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

4 times more fireworks 911 calls in King County this Fourth

The Associated Press Fire officials in King County say fireworks calls quadrupled this Independence Day, compared with last year. KING 5 reports fireworks remain legal in 16 municipalities in King County. Even in restricted areas, however, King County fireworks-related fire calls totaled 200 during the Fourth of July holiday night. Last year, that number was 45. Fire…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: fireworks, incidents up, King County

February 10, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Fireworks blamed for Bellingham fire

BELLINGHAM (AP) — Investigators believe a fire that destroyed a century-old building on the Bellingham waterfront was started by fireworks. Witnesses reported seeing gold-color aerial fireworks before a grass fire Saturday night that spread to the Reid Boiler Works Building. The Bellingham Herald reports flames ripped through the vacant wood and sheet-metal building. Four generations of the Reid…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: bellingham, fire, fireworks

July 5, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Friday Memo: Standoff in Seattle … No Sounder service … That boat fire

A man has barricaded himself  in the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue East on Capitol Hill this morning and Seattle police have called in a SWAT team and negotiators. Some streets have been blocked as police try to resolve the situation. Details to come. The dangers of fireworks: We’ll have an update as…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: boat fire, fireworks, life jackets

July 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Seattle man may lose part of arm, leg after fireworks explosion

UPDATE 10:36 a.m. | A 26-year old Seattle man may lose a part of his arm and leg after he ignited a sparkler bomb that exploded in the middle of the street at the 14700 block of Southeast 176th street near Renton early Thursday morning, King County Sheriff’s office reported. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said that the injuries…

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Comments | Topics: fireworks, Fourth of July, Renton

July 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Wednesday Memo: Brothers-burglars-jailbirds … Holiday heads-up … No Coyotes for us

C’mon, he’s my brother …  Two brothers who happened to be burglars and have pleaded guilty to several break-ins have indicated they want to be imprisoned together. The Spokesman Review story doesn’t say why they want to be in the slammer together, but can it be for any good reason? Just saying. Some things…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: fireworks, hate-crime, hockey

April 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Lake Union fireworks show is a go for at least three years

In an announcement that should end all fireworks announcements for at least the next three years, Seattle city leaders said today the 2013 show will light the skies over Lake Union as usual July 4. Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seafair raised enough money to ensure the show is…

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April 23, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Tuesday Memo: Driver, 15, causes crash … Felix’s 100th … Fireworks’ fate

Too young to be driving:  A 15-year-old kid caused a three-car accident yesterday north of Spokane when he couldn’t negotiate a curve because he apparently was speeding, says the State Patrol.  The kid, who had only an instructional permit, had three other teens in the car with him. Two of them had to be…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Bales, fireworks, Mayor McGinn

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