A man was apparently injured by an explosion and police confiscated loads of fireworks from his apartment after loud booms ripped through the Capitol Hill night, shaking apartments, houses — and cops — across several neighborhoods late Monday night.
According to police, a man was found carrying a lighter and bleeding near the 1700 block of Summit Ave after the second explosion around 12:10a Tuesday. An officer who heard the boom and arrived in time to find smoke still swirling confronted the man and asked him about his injuries. The man pulled up his shirt to reveal a “hole” in his abdomen. Police say he also had abrasions on his thighs and head. A witness told police they had seen the man standing over a firework in the area before it exploded.
911 — and the CHS Twitter feed — was inundated with calls about the first explosion around 11:48p Monday night. Witnesses said they heard the loud boom somewhere near Summit Ave area.
After the second explosion, police arrived to find several people in the street — some angry at what has become a relatively regular event in the neighborhood. CHS made note of some particularly loud activity around Independence Day.
When they found the man bleeding from what is described in the report as a “deep hole” in his stomach, he man said he didn’t know what happened. Police asked a woman who was with the man if they could check their apartment for possible additional victims. Inside, they found what was described by SPD as a large amount of fireworks.
According to police, the man was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire but was not arrested. We don’t yet have details if his injuries were serious enough to require hospitalization. But we can tell you that you likely won’t hear more explosions around Summit Ave tonight. The SPD arson and bomb squad confiscated the cache of recreational explosives for evidence.