Dupont – Logan – U Street

17th Street: Fireworks Were Source of Early-Morning Noises

There have been reports of numerous loud noises that sounded like gunshots or explosions around 1:30 a.m. in the vicinity of 17th and S Streets NW. A spokesperson for MPD 2nd District confirmed that the cause was fireworks:

At approximately 0130, there were multiple calls for service for sounds of gunshots from the 1700 block of 17th Street and the 1700 blocks of Q, Riggs and R Streets NW.  An officer was in the area and observed fireworks. A canvas revealed no actual gunshots.


April 9, 2010 - Posted by | crime | , ,


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! was so worried last night.

    Comment by advomo | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the quick response, Borderstan — good to know what happened! This woke me up from a deep sleep — sounded just like gunshots, very scary. Fireworks in the middle of a Thursday night?! Some people …

    Comment by Jamie | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thank you for posting!! Was afraid I’d hallucinated!

    Comment by JB | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. Yeah thanks for the Red Dawn moment. We’re in DC after all, one never knows. Yes very glad it wasn’t gun shots. Let’s get through the weekend w/o any fire-crackers, guns, muggings. Happy Friday everyone!

    Comment by Joe | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. Heard that too on 1600 block of R st. right at 1:30. Thought it was a transformer blowing up or gunshots.

    Comment by Mony | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  6. I’d like to personally punch the person who did that in the face but glad it wasn’t gunshots.

    Comment by Liz | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  7. Thank you for sharing this. That really scared me!

    Comment by Courtney | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  8. Thanks very much for posting this – was wondering what those sounds were last night.

    Comment by Test | April 9, 2010 | Reply

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