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Few fireworks incidents in Bremerton

Fireworks were not a major issue in Bremerton this Fourth of July holiday.

A handful of reports, the majority regarding illegal fireworks and the setting off of fireworks on school property, were made by the Bremerton Police Department July 3-5.

The following reports were available at press time:

• July 3, 11:05 p.m., Sheridan Mini Mart

The owners of Sheridan Mini Mart called police after several juvenile males stole fireworks from their store. The four males reportedly reached in and grabbed what they could. The owner’s boyfriend ran after the suspects, but was unable to catch them. The suspects, who were not found, dropped a green hat. They managed to steal about $100 worth of fireworks.

• July 3, 11:36 p.m., Mountain View Middle School

Four juveniles, two of them on bicycles, were reportedly trying to kick in the doors of the school and were setting off fireworks behind the building.

• July 4, 12:32 a.m., Crownhill Elementary School

Police were called regarding juveniles stealing letters from the school’s reader board. The letters were found stacked beneath the sign. The responding officer called for a school official to take possession of them. The officer also found spent fireworks and a couple of sprinkler heads which had been twisted the wrong way.

• July 4, 1:40 p.m., Galyan Drive

Someone called police regarding several males shooting off illegal fireworks (bottle rockets) at each other and others in the area.

“As I arrived in the area (I) could see the rockets red glare and could hear the bombs bursting in air,” the officer wrote in his report.

When he arrived, two of the teens had several bottle rockets sticking out of their backpacks. They turned and walked away when they saw the officer approaching them. He noticed the teens — two 15-year-olds, two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old — also were carrying large M-80 firecrackers and confiscated those as well as 20 bottle rockets, several unopened bottle rocket packages and firecrackers.

• July 4, 11:24 p.m., Mountain View Middle School

A bicycle officer was patrolling the school’s grounds when he heard tires squealing. He found three males standing near two cars who were lighting off fireworks.

The officer also spotted four teens — all 15 years old – walking in the back of the school, lighting off fireworks. The school is an apparent trouble spot with recent problems with fires in the trash bins from fireworks, according to the report.

“They were told it was past the time to set off fireworks and they needed to no longer light them off, especially on school property,” the officer stated in his report.

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