Idaho Fire Chief Pushes For Tighter Laws On Fireworks

Jul 5, 2016

The Ada County Sheriff says in less than 24 hours over the Fourth of July holiday, his dispatch office received 235 fireworks complaints and 33 reports of grass fires.

The Table Rock Fire was started by fireworks. The fire burned 2,500 acres in Boise.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says at least 12 fires in Boise were likely caused by fireworks over the Monday holiday. And the Table Rock Fire in the Boise Foothills last week, which burned a home, was caused by illegal fireworks. The Nampa Fire Marshal says illegal fireworks likely burned down a home Tuesday morning.

Dennis Doan says change is needed to protect people, firefighters, and property. He says he’ll ask legislators next year to make the purchase or possession of illegal fireworks against the law. He’s got the support of police and fire chiefs in Ada County, Boise, Meridian, and Caldwell. He’s urging citizens to write their lawmakers to support his effort.

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