SEATTLE — Signs posted across Magnolia are clear in their message:
“Neighbors don’t let neighbors shoot illegal fireworks in Magnolia! HELP STOP the MADNESS!”
Signs found posted across the Seattle neighborhood encouraged neighbors who spotted individuals lighting fireworks in the street to call the police and videotape the action. People spotting illegal fireworks should report the minor crime for the sake of “pets, infants, elderly and ill,” the sign read.
Magnolia resident Ashley Smith has no problem with the signs.
“I think they’re fine,” Smith said. “They’re just standard respect for the community. People are just worried about their homes.”
Fireworks are illegal in Magnolia and throughout Seattle. Offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. However, fireworks frequently crack and bang throughout the night on the 4th of July, and Seattle officials said every year emergency workers respond to dozens of firework injuries.
Some residents, however, don’t mind the noise makers. Emily Malone has a young toddler. But she said she wouldn’t call the cops on her next-door neighbor.
“Honestly, only if I thought it was a fire hazard and they were too close to houses or trees or something like that,” Malone said. “It’s a holiday. People area hvaing fun. It’s not that big of a deal. it’s just a couple of days a year.”
If neighbors spot someone lighting a firework on the 4th of July, police encourage them to call the non-emergency number and report the crime at 206-625-5011.
And along with the bangs, fireworks can pose a fire danger, especially after a string of hot and dry weather.
Officials are encouraging people who legally light fireworks to do so away from dry grass, leaves and pine needles.