Eastside Fire & Rescue experiences booming Fourth due to fireworks incidents

July 10, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Fireworks-related incidents kept Eastside Fire & Rescue crews busy before, on and after Independence Day.

The incidents included a torched barn and a vehicle lost to a fireworks-related blaze. The agency did not report any injuries related to the mishaps.

The action started July 2 in downtown Issaquah at Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest, as firefighters responded to a smoke bomb at 9:40 p.m.

Just after midnight on the holiday, firefighters started the Fourth of July by responding to a garbage can fire started by a sparkler bomb at Southeast Belvedere Way and 266th Way Southeast in Sammamish.

Next, crews headed to a brush fire started by fireworks at 27329 S.E. 10th Court in Sammamish at 1:46 p.m. Landscaping burned in the blaze. Firefighters responded to another brush fire in Sammamish, at 2741 258th Place S.E., at 7:46 p.m.

Firefighters responded to a possible vehicle fire in the 3400 block of 241st Place Southeast in unincorporated King County on the Sammamish Plateau just after 10:30 p.m. The report turned out to be a false alarm, but firefighters did encounter a person upset about fireworks.

Crews raced to a structure fire at 18618 S.E. 128th St. in the May Valley area at 11:23 p.m. Fireworks had landed on a barn roof, and the 20 feet by 30 foot structure collapsed into flames by the time the initial units arrived at the scene.

Bellevue and Renton units also responded to the blaze.

Officials estimated the loss at $8,000.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire in the 4200 block of 242nd Avenue Southeast in Klahanie at 12:50 a.m. July 5. The vehicle owner previously drove around the neighborhood picking up fireworks debris. The owner then parked the vehicle, and a short time later, the vehicle erupted into flames.

Firefighters said the fireworks debris sparked the blaze. Fire destroyed the vehicle.

EFR crews investigated some fireworks debris in the street at 9002 302 Ave. S.E. in Preston at 7:06 a.m. and then headed to a lawn fire caused by fireworks at 3:37 p.m. The homeowner at 15742 203rd Ave. S.E. in Maple Hills managed to extinguish the blaze.

In Issaquah and Sammamish, discharging fireworks is banned on Independence Day and the rest of the year.

Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate them for a first offense. If police catch revelers setting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

Residents in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie and Mirrormont, face looser rules, but some restrictions apply. However, residents can only discharge fireworks on Independence Day and the New Year’s holiday.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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