Boise fire chief calls for change to Idaho fireworks laws

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 15:33:43-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan is calling for lawmakers to ban the sale of fireworks in Idaho.

The Idaho Statesman reports that fireworks have sparked more than 350 fires in Idaho between 1992 and 2013, burning a total of more than 40 square miles, though aerial fireworks are illegal to use in the state.

Current law says that aerial fireworks can be purchased in Idaho as long as they person buying them signs an affidavit saying they will not shoot them off in Idaho. Non-aerial fireworks are legal to use in the state unless banned by city or county ordinances.

Doan says the loophole sends a mixed message and tacitly endorses fireworks. He plans to ask the Southwest Idaho Fire Chiefs board to beck him as he petitions lawmakers for the change.