Lincoln City had a busy Independence Day with F-15s flying over City Hall, people dressing up for honks, no internet, LCPD and NLFR zipping up and down Highway 101 and trash left on beaches.
A pair of fighter jets from Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing flew directly over City Hall before noon. The F-15 Eagles cut through the sky at 400 mph, putting on a show for those below. The jets were not originally scheduled to fly over Lincoln City.
A man and his dog, who wished to remain anonymous, spent hours collecting “honks 4 freedom” on the corner of Highway 101 and NE Logan Road. The patriotic fellow said he was out there to spread some cheer after a gloomy period due to COVID-19.
“I do this every year,” he said. “Well first time in this city. I’m out here to remind people we are free and to wish America a happy birthday.”
The anonymous freedom reveler would say things like, “Oh yeah!” and “There you go!” as passing cars honked a flurry of support. The dog did his part by greeting other passing dogs and sniffing them or barking accordingly.
The City of Lincoln City put on a spectacular fireworks display over the Siletz Bay shortly after 10 p.m. There were many illegal fireworks being shot off from different areas in Taft, prompting Lincoln City Police to respond multiple times to different locations. According to LCPD Sgt. Jeffrey Winn, five arrests were made for assaults due to fights. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was also busy investigating and responding to calls, including an adult jumping into a fire.
A Spectrum outage caused widespread loss of internet to Lincoln City and Newport overnight. Spectrum officials said the cause of the outage was vandalism and crews worked throughout the night to identify and fix the problem with service being restored around 9 a.m. Monday.
Some citizens expressed their concern over trash generated from Fourth of July festivities along the seven miles of Lincoln City beaches, observing piles of trash bags left at some beach access locations. North Lincoln Sanitary Service said they would be busy gathering refuse collected by clean-up groups and individual citizens and the trash would be hauled away as it is every year.