Beat:E1, DISTURBANCE, OTHER at 5XX BLOCK OF BOYLSTON AV E reported on 1/26/2016 1:49 AM, Call# 16000029985
— SeattlePD Edward1 (@SeattlePDE1) January 26, 2016
anyone know what the 3 or 4 explosion heard just now in vecinity of 10th and aloha were? Cc @jseattle
— Gregory Heller (@HungrySeattle) January 26, 2016
In the grand scheme of things, finding out those booms in the night are fireworks and not gunfire could bring a sense of relief. But after another night of sleep-shattering booms on Capitol Hill, we’ve heard from a lot of you with questions about what, exactly, is happening with all of the pyrotechnical activity going on around the neighborhood.
We don’t know either. But we do know the CHS inbox and Twitter feed blew up with reports of loud explosions again Tuesday morning. According to East Precinct radio (listen above), 911 calls “spiked” to more than 20 reports of the overnight explosions. Here is one of the emails we received:
Have you heard anything about the loud explosions/fireworks early this morning around the block of Harvard/Boylston and mercer/Roy? There were a series of probably a dozen between 2am and 3am. It wasn’t the first I’ve heard them in the area around that time, but definitely the most extreme. Not fun waking up to a game of “gunshots or fireworks?” Curious, irritated, concerned and very tired.
Another reader sent in these photos showing debris and smoke before police checked things out on Broadway overnight:
Random fireworks are a regular occurrence around Capitol Hill (just check out our #scanner reports). But in the past few days, there is either one person with a new arsenal, or a lot of people celebrating early Lunar New Year. Here’s one tub of fireworks reportedly found near 14th and Malden after firework went off Saturday night:
— Jesse StCool (@SvartalfheimEnq) January 24, 2016
The person who reported the box said he wasn’t contacted by police.
SPD says it has responded to the complaints but so far there doesn’t appear to be a concerted effort to do more than make sure people are safe and things have quieted down. The city’s noise complaint page is here but you are encouraged to call 911 if you hear something out of the ordinary.
Short of wishing karmic retribution, there isn’t much to be done but continue to call 911 to report the noise or, if you happen to be acquainted with somebody who enjoys lighting things off, encouraging them to find a new hobby. Or at least consider picking another time of day. A 7 AM wake-up call, perhaps?