April 19, 2009 in City

Tugboat sinks in Lake Washington


A tugboat sank in Lake Washington, spilling diesel fuel that officials say was contained.

The state Department of Ecology says the tug, operated by Lakeshore Marine Construction, sank about 1:40 p.m. Saturday near a dock at the northeast end of the lake, near Kenmore.

It was carrying about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and Ecology officials estimate at least 40 to 50 gallons leaked into the water.

The agency says a “heavy sheen” of diesel was contained by booms.

It’s not immediately known what caused the tug to sink. No injuries were reported.

A contractor was called to raise the tug, and Ecology crews were monitoring any pollution threats to the lake.


Legislature OKs ban on ‘novelty’ lighters

The Legislature has approved a measure banning the sale of “novelty” or toylike lighters in the state.

The Senate, with a 42-2 vote, concurred Saturday with changes made in the House. The measure now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Under the proposed law, any lighter that has flashing lights, makes musical sounds, or could be mistaken as a toy would be banned. Disposable lighters with decals and artwork would be exempt.

Lawmakers took up the issue after numerous house fires were started by children who were playing with the toylike incendiary devices.

Associated Press

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