Tacoma police confiscated fewer fireworks this year

The number of complaints to police about fireworks around the Fourth of July remained about the same in Tacoma this year but the amount of explosives seized significantly dropped.

Fireworks are illegal in several Pierce County cities and police paid up to six officers overtime to patrol Tacoma and respond to fireworks-related complaints and emergencies from June 27 to July 5.

During this year’s special emphasis, which lasted daily from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., dispatchers received 541 calls for service in Tacoma. Last year they received 595 complaints.

Residents phoned in 700 fireworks-related complaints in 2012 and 831 in 2011.

The number of citations issued also reflected little change from last year, although the figure remains much lower than three years ago.

According to department statistics, police issued:

•  12 tickets in 2014.

•  eight in 2013.

•  21 in 2012.

•  66 in 2011.

Officers also destroyed 25 pounds of fireworks this year. In 2012 and 2013, the department confiscated 100 pounds.

Spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the drop in numbers likely was because of to a lack of resources.

Fewer officers were put on patrol for the special emphasis this year than in the past and on the holiday, and officers responded mostly to priority calls rather than fireworks complaints.