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Balloon Ascension in South Tacoma - 50 years ago balloon ascension in South Tacoma were a Sunday afternoon attraction. In the picture shown above the balloon is about to take off with the balloonist and is being held by the spectators to get the last ounce of gas. The picture was taken between Warner and Birmingham Streets near 52nd. Pioneers in the district will remember the stunt was not too successful as the gas often burned up the balloon.
Back of photo: A Tacoma police officer snapped the hand cuffs on a suspect who was arrested during a raid on a South Tacoma home by Tacoma Police and Pierce County Sheriff S.W.A.T. teams Wednesday morning. The home was found to contain a marijuana growing room. Three people were arrested. (bruce kellman 3-23)
In this photo, Robert A. Jones was handcuffed. He and two others were charged with unlawful possession and intent to sell a controlled substance. Also charged with growing a controlled substance. Bruce Kellman photo