As the Fourth of July approaches, local law enforcement reminds residents to call 911 to report illegal fireworks and homemade items – including tennis ball bombs.
In a recent Kent community meeting between residents and police, someone asked, "How do you identify a tennis ball bomb?"
Kent police responded: "A tennis ball bomb is very easy to identify. It is a real tennis ball that has some sort of fuse sticking out of it. The tennis ball could also be completely wrapped in duct tape with a fuse sticking out."
The warning of tampered tennis balls go beyond just the city of Kent.
Earlier this year in Everett, a man geo-caching stumbled upon a set of explosives: Tennis balls with fuses coming out of them.
No one was injured during the discovery.
But in 2000, a ball blast turned fatal in Portland when a man was playing with his dog.
An article archived in Oregonian headlines reports that a man was playing fetch with a friend's dog when a tennis ball the dog was retrieving exploded in her mouth.
People are cautioned year-round to leave abandoned tennis balls alone.
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