Internet fireworks sales remain illegal in Washington

June 19, 2012

In Washington, buying fireworks is not as simple as point, click, boom.

Internet sales of fireworks remain illegal, state fire officials reminded the public Monday. Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5. People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

Under state law, orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites, such as craigslist.

In Issaquah, 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 putting 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.

Internet fireworks sales remain illegal in Washington

June 12, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2012

In Washington, buying fireworks is not as simple as point, click, boom.

Internet sales of fireworks remain illegal, state fire officials reminded the public Monday. Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5. People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

Under state law, orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites, such as craigslist.

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State: Licenses decline for retail fireworks stands

June 11, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 11, 2012

Independence Day could feature less bang and boom in Washington.

The state fire marshal said the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2012 is down 4.2 percent, or by 39 licenses, from last year. Before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a retail fireworks stand, a state license is required.

Counties issue the licenses. The number of licenses issued in King County dropped by five from 2011 to 2012. Snohomish County experienced the largest drop, at seven.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5.

In Issaquah, 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 putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

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Organizers need vendors, volunteers for Independence Day

June 5, 2012

Organizers need vendors and volunteers to make the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day Celebration — Issaquah’s annual Independence Day celebration — a success.

The action starts at 10 a.m. July 4 as participants gather and register for the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m.

Revelers then head to Veterans’ Memorial Park for a hay hunt, three-legged and gunnysack races, pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, and a slug race and beauty pageant. Participants must provide their own slugs. Save room for a pie-eating contest at about 1:30 p.m.

In order to present the celebration, organizers need volunteers to participate in setup and tear-down, and to work in the retail area and at activity stations.

Organizers offer booths to nonprofit organizations, arts and crafts vendors, and commercial ventures.

Find the application forms for the parade, vendors and volunteers at www.salmondays.org/4th-of-july.html.

Fireworks proposal fizzles as City Council aims for 2013 display

April 24, 2012

Independence Day revelers eager to see the rockets’ red glare in the Issaquah sky must wait at least another year, after City Council members decided against funding a holiday fireworks display.

Councilman Mark Mullet, owner of Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands, offered to fund a July 3 fireworks display at Tibbetts Valley Park. The proposal fizzled April 16 after other council members raised questions about budget, calendar and space limitations.

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120 years of Issaquah

April 24, 2012

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1892

  • Issaquah is founded as Gilman. The city is named for railroad baron Daniel Hunt Gilman.

1893

  • The postmaster called for mail sent to Gilman to be addressed to Olney, Wash., to avoid confusion between Gilman and Gilmer, another city in the state.

1895

  • Townsfolk start calling the frontier town Issaquah, or “the sound of water birds” in the language of the American Indians native to the region.

1899

  • State lawmakers approve official name change from Gilman to Issaquah.

1900

  • Wilbur W. Sylvester founds the Bank of Issaquah in a clapboard building.

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Off the Press

July 12, 2011

Slugs ooze to finish at slimy sprint

Laura Geggel Press reporter

I found the slug underneath a garden pot housing a lemon-scented geranium. The slimy hermaphrodite didn’t stand a chance. I scooped it up in a Tupperware container filled with damp leaves and dirt, and left it outside on my porch where it would stay cool during the night.

The next day, I brought it to Issaquah’s annual Down Home Fourth of July slug race. Jenna Powell, an 11-year-old from Tennessee who was visiting her Sammamish cousin, crowded around the racetrack with the other children, trying to get a better view of the slugs.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” she said. “I’ve seen duck, frog and turtle races, but not a slug race.”

Before the competition, children presented their gastropod mollusks for the traditional beauty pageant — several slugs wore paper crowns and conical princess hats (all were winners, Salmon Days Festival organizer and slug race referee Robin Kelley said).

It was a hot day to race, let alone to be a slug, but all eight of them revved up their slime machines the moment they were placed on the circular racetrack.

The first slug to reach the outer circle of the target sign won, and that honor fell on Slimy, a leopard slug uncovered by Clark Elementary School student Hannah Prouty, who went slug hunting by her playhouse.

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Fourth of July firework calls cause boom for Issaquah police

July 12, 2011

Police responded to numerous fireworks complaints on the Fourth of July and days leading up to the holiday, despite a citywide fireworks ban.

Issaquah officers received the initial fireworks-related call at 11:35 p.m. July 1 and such calls — 25 total — continued through late July 5.

In many instances, officers could not locate people reported to be discharging fireworks or, after reaching a location described in a call, found the renegade fireworks fanatics had already left.

Police warned a group of parents and children setting off fireworks in the 800 block of Wildwood Boulevard Southwest at 9:31 p.m. July 4 after a neighbor complained. Police also located a discharged fireworks box in the 200 block of Southwest Clark Street at 11:19 that night after receiving a fireworks complaint.

On the morning after the holiday, police also received a report of a blown-out mailbox in the 4100 block of 185th Place Southeast — possible collateral damage from Independence Day merriment.

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Issaquah residents defy Fourth of July fireworks ban

July 5, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. July 5, 2011

Police responded to numerous fireworks complaints on the Fourth of July and days leading up to the holiday, despite a citywide fireworks ban.

Issaquah officers received the initial fireworks call at 11:35 p.m. July 1 and such calls — 22 total — continued through early Tuesday morning.

In many instances, officers could not locate people reported to be discharging fireworks or, after reaching a location described in a call, found the renegade fireworks fanatics had already left.

Police warned a group of parents and children setting off fireworks in the 800 block of Wildwood Boulevard Southwest at 9:31 p.m. Monday after a neighbor complained. Police also located a discharged fireworks box in the 200 block of Southwest Clark Street at 11:19 p.m. Monday after receiving a fireworks complaint.

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Issaquah’s Down Home Fourth of July / July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011

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