Firework calls up in Sammamish, damage reports down

With a renewed emphasis on its fireworks ban, the City of Sammamish received an abnormally high number of calls over the Fourth of July holiday.

With a renewed emphasis on its fireworks ban, the City of Sammamish received an abnormally high number of calls over the Fourth of July holiday.

“That is to be expected with a public awareness/enforcement effort,” said Sgt. Jessica Sullivan.

The Sammamish Police Department received 50 fireworks-related complaints between June 30 and July 7 — up from 32 complaints in 2012 and 34 in 2011.

The majority of complaints only provided general information as to the location of the issue. Officers were dispatched, but in most cases the fireworks had stopped or they were unable to pinpoint a source.

The emphasis patrol, which was on the clock from 8 p.m. to midnight July 2-5, did confiscate fireworks from three groups of juveniles and handed out citations to two of the seven individuals involved. The other five received warnings.

The fine for possessing fireworks within the city is $500 and $1,000 for discharging them.

While calls were up, Sullivan said she was pleased by the decrease in damage. There were only five reports of damage this year, opposed to 11 in 2012.

Two of the five damage reports occurred at Beaver Lake Park and Big Rock Park where vandals damaged a base pad, an outhouse and a garbage can.

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