Mystery fireworks take over the North Beach sky

A fireworks show near North Beach had people wondering what was going on Saturday night. Many people emailed us that they heard booms and had watched the show. “We just watched half an hour of amazing fireworks over Puget Sound from a barge out from somewhere between Carkeek and Golden Gardens. Really wonderful!!” a reader emailed us.


YouTube video posted in the forum by rexjak of Saturday’s fireworks.

“That was without a doubt the best fireworks show I’ve ever viewed from my living room window! Absolutely amazing and definitely as dramatic and incredible as the fireworks on July 4th! They went on . . . and on . . . and on!! Not sure what the occasion was, but thanks for whoever shared this spectacle with us. It was great!” Elliott wrote in the forum. The only thing we’ve learned is that the fireworks were part of a private party. (Thanks everyone for the emails!)


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great idea
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great idea

this is pretty funny–especially after we were threatened that the 4th of July fireworks would be cancelled this year.

I guess there’s still some deep pockets around to draw attention to themselves.

thank goodness for the argon in my windows–I heard NOTHING.

Michael Teer
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Michael Teer

The barge was actually right off of North Beach, We are on the 3000 block of NW 95th and the barge was slightly to the west. A great show!

Sus
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Sus

I felt like I was five years old! What a wonderful surprise~

ABtm
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ABtm

Personally, I found it really obnoxious and intrusive. Bad enough we have to put up with sanitized simulated warfare displays on July 4th; now any yahoo with a bank account can impose their idea of “fun” on thousands of people whether they like it or not. Feh.

owlsinsomnia
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owlsinsomnia

A friend in the neighborhood let me know that it was a birthday present from a guy for his wife. I guess her roommate was invited to the party.

Juliana
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Juliana

I wasn’t very happy about it either, as I was just going to sleep, and at first thought it was someone with a batch of illegal fireworks in the street.

AtWorkCat
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AtWorkCat

Seems lots of things are getting taken over in Ballard these days.

KF
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KF

If it was done illegally, then I hope Mr Deep Pockets is getting a hefty fine. If it was permitted and legal, then whatever, it wasn’t that late…

Chopper W
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Chopper W

Sounds AWESOME! People need to relax, and enjoy a random surprise sometimes… Those who were bothered probably didn’t enjoy their early bird special that night either… I hope the guy who provided the show for his girlfriend got lucky!

North Beacher
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North Beacher

Yay Chopper! I hope some people seriously loosen up. Most people enjoy fireworks as spectacles of wonder. From inside of my house it wasn’t that loud, and we certainly weren’t forced to watch. They were wonderful! It’s not a “display of warfare” good grief! I appreciated sharing with the “deep pockets”. Some people on here sound so resentful.

Kelly Payne
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Kelly Payne

I couldn’t see it from my house in Maple Leaf, thought it was the oddest sounding thunder I ever heard!

ABtm
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ABtm

Making a lot of assumptions there, Chopper W and North Beacher. A dislike of fireworks doesn’t necessarily indicate advanced age, an inability to relax or appreciate “spectacles of wonder”, or seething resentment (umm, of what, exactly?). Some of us just don’t care for them. Doesn’t make us bad people.

Juliana
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Juliana

I like fireworks ordinarily. I don’t care for unexpected ones whose noise wakes me up and whose beauty I cannot see. Doesn’t seem like a surprising attitude.

blackcat91
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blackcat91

I thought it was thunder & lightning, too, until I went outside to look and saw what I thought might be fireworks through the trees (I’m near Swanson’s). I searched the web and the only thing I came up with was a fireworks demo happening on Lummi Island last night at the same time… pretty far away considering how loud it was. I didn’t mind & probably wouldn’t have heard anything if I’d had my windows closed. It just surprised my dogs a bit… and my parrot who was in the front window facing the Sound & had the best view of the sky lighting up (luckily she didn’t get freaked).

eddiek
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eddiek

What a pain in the a##. Scared the pets, spent a long time trying to calm them down. Distracted the reading I was doing. Apparently we do not tax the rich enough.

rufus455
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rufus455

God bless our freedom to do what we want, within the law of course, and our freedom to complain about it. Peace

Brian
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Brian

Coming back from ironman2 and we ran smack dab into the show. My boys and i thought it was terrific and my wife was bummed that she stopped at the grocery and missed it. Bravo to the booms and color bursts!

Amy
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Amy

This was BS. Having to listen for 30 minutes to my house rattling and the walls booming… at least with some of that money you could have notified the neighborhood of what was happening. It’s called common courtesy but apparently your money didn’t buy you knowledge of that.

Plasticbags
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Plasticbags

I thought the commentary on the video was adorable. The parents were in awe and the kid could not care any less. Thanks to whoever filmed it! What a fun surprise.

Macpug
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Macpug

I live in Loyal Heights, and the fireworks were beautiful and a welcome surprise as I watched through my skylight. My most nervous dog barked a couple times at the “thunder” before settling in to watch the show with us. For starting before 10 on a Saturday night; it wasn’t late at all! No more annoying than all the streets being blocked on a single day Nighe Out!

Hard to surprise someone if you have to notify everyone with a 10-mile radius. I wish people would lighten up and enjoy life’s little surprises. I find the whole Ballard angst tiresome. I thank the person who put on the display, and hope his wife, his family and his party had a wonderful night! Here’s to a whole summer of magic in ballard!

ABtm
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ABtm

I’ll lighten up if you will. :-)

Cris
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Cris

Oh, fer Pete’s sake. How very Seattle to grouse about a surprise fireworks display. It was far more pleasant experiencing a bounty of color in the sky than it was sitting at the table next to a whining vegan last night at a restaurant, a loud woman who made sure everybody within earshot knew she didn’t want butter on her roti. I’ll take fireworks any day over the incessant p.c. whining.

ABtm
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ABtm

You would have liked it better if she was complaining that her steak wasn’t rare enough? Your point is that she was forcing on you something that you didn’t want to experience (her whining), and you are entitled to your annoyance. I feel the same way about the fireworks.

Rob
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Rob

Ugh. It’s hard to appreciate fireworks when your beloved dog is severely upset by explosions and tries to burrow deep into the closet.

Yes, I agree that people should have the freedom to experience fireworks if that’s what makes them tick, but during designated times. Otherwise it’s just noise pollution to those who are not interested because they can’t see or they just don’t care. This wasn’t an opt in situation and not everyone likes unexpected loud explosions. It seems like all the people who enjoyed this were people who had the luxury of seeing it.

Schmedly
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Schmedly

I too thought it was BS. I was just taking a swing of beer on my back porch when the fireworks started and I spat my beer right in my wife’s face. I was so suprised by it. So I grabbed my daughter and friend who were going down for their slumber party sleep and dragged them out to watch the show. One we cleaned up all the beer it was a delight to watch. I love fireworks almost as much as I enjoy reading the joys and complaints on blogs like this.