The Tacoma Fire Department and the Tacoma Police Department have released information about fireworks-related incidents, injuries, and damages incurred over a 10-day stretch that included the Independence Day holiday.
According to the Tacoma Fire Department’s 2015 Fireworks After Action Report dated July 15, Tacoma firefighters responded to a total of 1,721 incidents between June 26 and July 6. Of these incidents, 204 were fires and 54 were confirmed to be fireworks-related. Of the 54 fireworks-related incidents, there were two structure fires, 44 grass/brush/tree fires, and eight “other” outside fires. The fires caused nearly $45,000 in damages. One fireworks-related patient was treated and transported to an area hospital. The most expensive fireworks-related fire involved approximately $40,000 in damages due to a structure fire in the 1200 block of South 13th Street, according to the report.
According to the Tacoma Police Department’s 2015 Fireworks After Action Report dated July 16, between June 26 and July 5, Tacoma police officers responded to 583 fireworks-related calls for service and 48 self-initiated contacts for fireworks. Police officers issued 17 notices of infraction and destroyed approximately 100 pounds of fireworks. Officers responded to one significant injury where a person with a sparkler bomb lost a limb, according to the report.
Both reports were included in Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s weekly report to Tacoma City Council dated July 16.