It’s Independence Day week, and that means lots of fireworks in the neighborhood.
Understandably, recent shootings in the neighborhood have made people a little jumpy when they hear the sound of exploding gunpowder. If you hear gunshots, obviously call the police. But if it’s just fireworks, SPD says NOT to dial 911:
The fourth of July is a busy time for the Seattle Police Department and its 911 call center. Along with the reports of injuries and fires that accompany the fourth of July festivities every year, 911 call centers are also typically slammed with calls about fireworks-related noise.
While the Seattle Police Department values every call from neighbors about concerns in their communities, the Fourth has typically been a loud and busy day for police and firefighters over the last 236 years, and frequent fireworks noise complaints make it more difficult for 911 operators, police, and fire officials to respond to life-threatening emergencies across the city.
So, DO CALL 911: to report fires, injuries, crimes, or any other life-threatening incidents.
DO NOT CALL 911: to complain about noise from fireworks, or the weather.The Seattle Police Department would also like to remind you that the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, and use of fireworks is prohibited in Seattle, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.If you do have concerns about fireworks in your neighborhood, but nothing has been damaged and no one has been injured, you can still call the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.
Have a safe Fourth of July!
So how do you tell the difference between fireworks and gunshots? Well, that’s not always easy. We often get reports from CDNews readers who heard gunshots that turn out to be fireworks (thanks for everyone who sends us tips, even if they turn out to be nothing!). Sometimes it’s easy to tell the difference (things that whistle or crackle, Black Cats that light in series, etc). But other times it’s hard to tell. Our suggestion is to use your best judgment.
You can also report fireworks in the comments below (or let us know when your rad illegal neighborhood street display is scheduled to begin, though we can’t promise SPD won’t also find out…)
Closing precinct lobbies
SPD precinct lobbies are operating on reduced hours as the department redeploys 25 desk officers to other tasks, CHS reports. The measure is temporary, and SPD says it will help them respond to emergency calls in busy summer months, which are their top priority.