Current code for unincorporated Pierce County allows you to possess legal fireworks June 28-July 5. They may be discharged July 4th, 10 am – 11:59 pm. Incorporated jurisdictions have their own rules. The following media release informs you of phone numbers and websites to access for reporting violations and asking questions:
News Release: South Sound 911 expands online reporting for fireworks complaints
Residents of Lakewood, South Prairie and unincorporated Pierce County can report the illegal discharge of fireworks online at FireworksReport.com from June 28 through July 5. They will join residents in Fife, Milton, Orting, Roy, Ruston, Sumner, Tacoma, and University Place in using the online report again this year.
To file a report online, complainants need to provide a valid address where the violation occurred, their name, and phone number. If the location of the fireworks complaint is not eligible for an online report, the complainant will be instructed to call the non-emergency line, 253-287-4455 or 800-562-9800.
Information collected via FireworksReport.com or the non-emergency line is made available to law enforcement agencies electronically or over the radio. Law enforcement agencies will determine the necessary response or if additional investigation is required.
The public should call 911 to report emergencies resulting from fireworks, such as fires or injuries, or other life-threatening emergencies or in-progress crimes.
In 2022, residents submitted 909 complaints via FireworksReport.com, resulting in approximately 45 hours of talk time saved, which successfully reduced the strain on 911 and non-emergency lines, allowing 911 call takers to focus on true emergencies.
“Implementing FireworksReport.com greatly improved customer service during a time of year that is particularly busy for 911 and first responders,” South Sound 911 Executive Director Deborah Grady said. “We really do appreciate those who take advantage of this time-saving option and avoid tying up emergency lines or waiting on hold.”
Message: I often wonder about events that led up to the Revolutionary War. Collecting books that speak to that curiosity is pure enjoyment. I found a short paragraph in The Christian History of the American Revolution, p 491, that I’d like to share:
The beginning of strife between the parent state and her colonies, was like the letting out of waters. From inconsiderable causes love was changed into suspicion, which gradually ripened into ill-will, and soon ended in hostility. Prudence, policy, and reciprocal interest, urged the expediency of concession: but pride, false honour, and misconceived dignity, drew in an opposite direction. Undecided claims and doubtful rights, which under the influence of wisdom and humility might have been easily compromised, imperceptibly widened into an irreconcilable breach. Hatred at length took the place of kind affections, and the calamities of war were substituted, in lieu of the benefits of commerce…
Where would we all be today, I wonder, had the King answered the September 1, 1775 petition, proposing to the mother country a plan for establishing a compact. Please celebrate the blessings bestowed upon all in America. Always remember the price paid by those who went before us and the wisdom that guided their leaders as we rejoice in the liberties we have and understand our responsibility to maintain that liberty for our posterity!
(Please remember to be cognizant of those nearby who may be affected negatively by loud noises.)
Happy 4th of July and God Bless America!
Grateful for you…