In the Times:
Jamieson conceded that if police encounter fireworks, it's likely officers will merely confiscate them and not make an arrest.
And the P-I:
To possess fireworks sold on Washington Indian reservations is to commit a federal crime. But fireworks offenders rarely receive even a slap on the wrist.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the department's standard practice is to seize fireworks they come across without issuing citations.
"Typically officers will just confiscate," Jamieson said. "If there's a crime associated with it or people are using the fireworks to blow up something, then it's a different matter."
And they're also telling people not to call 911 with reports of illegal fireworks use. (And please don't. Save those calls for when someone gets hurt or when a house catches on fire. Don't tie up the lines unless there's an immediate danger.)
According to the P-I, SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson said, "residents with fireworks complaints should call their area's non-emergency lines, which are listed in the phone book."
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I won't even bother listing that number here for you. (OK, what the hell, it's 206-625-5011.) If you're reporting a rape at gunpoint, you might get a call back sometime during the next business day. I highly doubt they'll be following up on fireworks reports that they wouldn't even cite someone for if they saw them with their own eyes.
***Update: I changed my mind. I think you SHOULD call the non-emergency number with fireworks reports. If you call the non-emergency number, I promise to follow up with the SPD next week and ask them how they're using those reports, which they specifically asked the public to make.
So I can't see why you'd want to waste your time leaving a message at that number, unless after the fact the police planned to analyze the numbers of calls they received from different areas and use them to help dedicate July 4 resources more proportionally in the future. (But I kind of doubt it, as the SPD doesn't seem to be terribly good at dealing with the metrics it's already collecting...)
Besides, they already know where the problem areas are. The increasingly awesome Rainier Valley Post has reported that the police are closing three parks here in Southeast Seattle "due to a "history of violence and pretty severe vandalism" starting in the mid-afternoon on July 4. These are the only three parks in the city that will be closed tomorrow.
The RVP is also reporting that many community members support the temporary closures. A spokesperson for Friends of Othello Park has described past July 4 situations at the park like this:
All the violence in the park culminated in one of the worst shoot outs with more than 50 rounds fired. Bullets were flying every where and into neighbor's houses and hitting parked cars. A man was killed in the park that night and the suspects are still at large. The year before pitbull dogs were seen hanging from trees from their jaws. It is an ugly sight to see.
Try to stay safe tomorrow, folks. Save your 911 calls for shootouts, killings, injuries, fires, and dogs hanging from trees. (And keep your fingers crossed for a little more rain!)