Puyallup Tribal member Mark Villegas, owner of Sons of Thunder, has sold fireworks at Firecracker Alley for six years.


He said he loves the annual tradition because it gives him a chance to connect with other Tribal members. Villegas said he’s glad that masks are required to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The health precautions are good just because we don’t know what can come in,” he said. “I don’t want to see another plague or pandemic wipe out the Tribe.”


“The health precautions are good just because we don’t know what can come in,” he said. “I don’t want to see another plague or pandemic wipe out the Tribe.”



Puyallup Tribal member Mario Sanchez, and his mother-in-law Gail Farmin, operate Mario’s at Firecracker Alley.


They also support the COVID-19 safety precautions. Farmin wears a full face shield when she’s dealing with customers.



“You never know who’s got it,” she said. Firecracker Alley is open through July 4 at 2102 Alexander Ave., Tacoma, next to the Emerald Queen Casino Riverboat.