From what we’ve been hearing, this Fourth of July did not go so smooth. Here’s a smattering of the comments left on an early post here on Wallyhood:
Walking home from the park last night, corner of 40th and Stone Way: Some idiot set up flash bombs IN THE STREET, in th path of the southbound traffic. He plugged a bunch of powder in when the Southbound traffic was stopped, then lit the fuses the second they turned green. About 15 people ran into the street to block the cars that would have gone over the flash bombs right about the time they went off.
When they exploded, it sounded like gunshots – incredibly loud. One of the drivers got out and started yelling “YOU EFFING TERRORIST, I SHOULD…” at which point our kid fled, with us hot on his heels. (Jacqui)
My impression is that One Reel left us high and dry this year. In years past, there were people directing traffic, giving parking tickets galore. This year, I saw no police and 2 parking enforcement folks who were told they couldn’t leave their posts at 40th and Bagley and they were severely understaffed. There’s an understatement. Driveways were blocked, intersections blocked, fire hydrants blocked and not once did I see any sign that was parking enforcement or tickets on the cars blatantly in front of the hydrants. Usually, my intersection gets lots of folks with tickets. It’s not the crowds per se, it’s the public safety issue of fire in the neighborhood. Fire trucks would have been out of luck this year. Not to mention how many people just can’t resist shooting off their own fireworks. Many of which were too close to individuals or houses. [...] The parking enforcement folks were clearly being asked to do traffic control, no matter at 10, they all vanished. So 2 years ago, what took 25 minutes (it was truly impressive) to get everyone out and on their way home took over 2 hours last night. I live near 40th and they were still stacked up in front of my house at 12:20am. (isme2)
A tree caught fire behind our house last night on 48th and Stone. It was really going and it was only thanks to the quick actions of our neighbors with a whole bunch of hoses that it got extinguished. Otherwise it easily could have spread to about 4 houses.
I was on hold with 9-11 for eight minutes before I got a hold of someone. The fire department got their relatively quickly after that, but by then the fire was mostly out. (Joe)
July 5. I hear Gasworks is really trashed. Broken glass, etc. (Judy)
That last one is surprisng, as we thought they were checking bags going into Gas Works. If they weren’t, it’s hard to understand the line that snaked down the Burke Gilman full of people waiting to get in.
Not our finest hour, Wallingford.