A fairly quiet Fourth
Firefighters confiscated about $1,000 in illegal fireworks in Lake Oswego over the holiday weekend, and about 41 people dialed 9-1-1 with related complaints.
But fire officials characterized this past Independence Day as quieter than most, with only one brush fire reported locally and no injuries.
A fire in the 18000 block of Deerbrush Avenue was originally reported as a house fire at about 10:37 p.m. July 4. Firefighters found the 25-foot flames were instead rising from bushes. The blaze was extinguished before causing damage to a nearby home.
Gert Zoutendijk, deputy fire marshal for the city of Lake Oswego, said fire officials issued no citations for illegal fireworks but confiscated a small box full, valued at about $1,000.
'It was about the same in confiscation as last year but in the neighborhoods it looked like fewer people were setting off illegal fireworks,' he said.
Lake Oswego Police, meanwhile, responded to about 41 firework-related complaints between July 3 through July 7.
Most were noise complaints related to fireworks and loud parties July 4.
Complaints of fireworks being lit in wooded areas at schools and in public parks were common. Near Durham Street, residents extinguished a fire in a bush next to a newspaper box at about 8 p.m.
A house on Haven Street also lost a window to a flying explosive at about 8 p.m., where damage was estimated at $300.
But other calls to police stemmed from more colorful holiday revelry, most minor, such as the shooting of fireworks from the trunk of a moving car, which was spotted rolling down Amberwood Circle at about 4 a.m. July 5.
On Albert Circle, a juvenile bicyclist pulling a skateboard-riding friend was also spotted on the street July 7, where the duo was suspected of throwing lit fireworks into several mailboxes shortly after midnight.
That complaint and one other were the only reports involving mailboxes.