Posts Tagged ‘Fireworks’

Firecracker Thrower’s Beef With the White House: “I Guess the Intelligence Community”

After a long train ride from Wisconsin, Alexander Sahagian spent his first night in D.C. sitting on a park bench. He spent his second night in the D.C. Jail.
Sahagian, 52, is due back in court early next month after being arrested on charges of throwing stones or missiles, fireworks discharge, and disorderly conduct following his alleged throwing of [...]

Happy July 4! Here’s a Brief History of D.C. Fireworks Accidents

Ever year leading up to July 4, Washingtonians are bombarded with reminders to "be safe"—safe with alcohol, safe with our grills, and, most frequently, safe with fireworks. Nationally, an average of 200 people a day are injured from fireworks in the month surrounding July 4, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. D.C. residents get [...]

Photo: Fireworks at 9th and U NW

9th and U Streets NW, Nov. 6

O’er the Ramparts They Watched

Some local luminaries share where they’ll check out fireworks this year:
Ryan Holladay
Ryan Holladay’s band, Bluebrain, made a geo-sensitive musical iPhone app called The National Mall—which is exactly where he’s going. “I realize I’m in the minority of locals on this one, but my favorite place to be on July 4 is downtown to watch the [...]

The Needle: Still Quaking Edition

I Feel The Earth Move: Last summer, the D.C. area shook through a 3.6 magnitude earthquake. 2010: Consider yourself topped. A 5.8 magnitude quake centered 87 miles away (near Mineral, Va.) and about 4 miles underground rumbled this afternoon, forcing buildings to be evacuated, damaging some facilities, and generally freaking everyone the fuck out. The [...]

The Needle: Peace Edition

Exploding Evidence: Around the time that the ad hoc fireworks shows around District neighborhoods were reaching a crescendo last night, the D.C. Fire and EMS department tweeted out a plaintive message—remember, those things are illegal. And in fact, some of them are; authorities busted the dealers of about $10,000 worth of fireworks in two separate [...]

Photos: Shaw Fireworks

So Was Anyone Arrested in Washington, D.C. for Illegal Fireworks?

On District listservs, there have been plenty of fireworks over this weekend's illegal fireworks. (Per D.C. law, "Firecrackers or fireworks that explode, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, and artillery shells," are banned.) Frank Fioriti, a resident of Ward 1, for instance, complained that as the nation celebrated victory over the British, [...]

Photo: Fireworks Over Park View

Morning Roundup: Fourth of July Edition

Morning, all. This holiday weekend: have fun and be safe!
Along with barbeques, displays of patriotism, and droves of tourists descending upon D.C., Fourth of July means fireworks galore. WaPo explores local pyros. Apparently more people are injured each year in bike, motorcycle, and car accidents than in fireworks-related incidents. Put that one in the Duh [...]

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Photos: Saturday, By The Pool

D.C. Fire Department: Nats Fireworks Problem Solved

One day after Chief Dennis Rubin halted fireworks displays at Nats games after paper bits fell on him, the D.C. Fire Department has declared the problem has been fixed. Its press release states:
"The District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department met with the Washington Nationals to identify additional measures to ensure spectator safety [...]

D.C. Fire Chief Rubin Shuts Down Fireworks @ Nats Games

Today, the Nats lost more than just a game (the team got blanked 7-0 vs. the Mets), the Nats also lost use of its pyrotechnics. D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin put at least a temporary end to the stadium's fireworks displays. Rubin attended today's game, and after a fireworks display for the National Anthem ordered [...]