South Whidbey has safe Fourth

For all the noise complaints, South Whidbey managed to avoid any fireworks-related injuries or fires during the week of Independence Day.

“It was surprising,” said South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer.

“Folks must have been more careful.”

From Tuesday to Thursday afternoon, the fire protection district responded to about a dozen calls. None were fireworks related. The biggest blaze South Whidbey’s firefighters responded to was some smoldering campfires on beaches at Double Bluff, Maxwelton and Holmes Harbor.

“We had no fireworks-related fires this year, and no injuries that have been reported to us,” Palmer said Thursday. “I think there were thousands of fireworks shot off down here last night.”

South Whidbey Fire/EMS received plenty of complaints about fireworks noise, but the bang was followed with little blaze. Palmer attributed the fireless fireworks week to lots of moisture from rain, which occurred even the night before Independence Day.

“We really appreciate how careful people were,” Palmer said.


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