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Downtown Bellingham turned Viking Blue Wednesday

Fireworks show at Herald Building welcomes Western students back to Bellingham

A fireworks show from the Paint B'Ham Blue for WWU event on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Bellingham.
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A fireworks show from the Paint B'Ham Blue for WWU event on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Bellingham.

Bellingham welcomed its newest residents Wednesday as the freshman class of Western Washington University converged en masse downtown.

New students, Western alumni and friends were on hand for the second annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration to kick off the start of the academic year. More than 180 trees throughout downtown were decked out with blue lights, and several businesses offered discounts.

The festivities started at Red Square on campus and ended with a blast – literally – as the iconic sign atop the Herald Building turned blue shortly before a brief fireworks show.

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