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Ada County bans fireworks in unincorporated areas

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 13:10:07-04

The Ada County Commissioners Tuesday signed a resolution banning fireworks in unincorporated areas of the County, those both outside city limits and outside a fire protection district. The ban remains in effect during the current fire season.

Fireworks stands can be found throughout the county -- and the Commissioners say they wanted to take this precautionary measure to help remind the public how dangerous fireworks can be.

Commissioners say they hope the ban will help prevent fires from starting in our open and rural areas of the county that aren’t covered by fire departments or districts.

The hot summers in Ada County -- along with dry grasses and other vegetation -- create the perfect situation for one misdirected firework to spark a fire that could quickly get out of control, Commissioners said.

“We take protecting the beauty of Ada County and its citizens very seriously,” said Commission Chairman Dave Case. “With this resolution, we hope to completely avoid another situation like what happened on Table Rock last July.”

As outlined in Resolution No. 2243, it’s unlawful for any person to use fireworks in an area that constitutes a severe fire threat based on the vegetative conditions during the current fire season as determined by the county commission. Any person who violates this ordinance could be charged a misdemeanor.

Resolution No. 2243 and a map of the firework prohibited areas in Ada County are available at www.adacounty.id.gov.