Boise fire chief warns against aerial fireworks

Posted at 6:36 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 08:36:26-04

BOISE, Idaho — The fireworks season is almost here, and Boise's fire chief is sounding alarm.

Dennis Doan has been fighting for years to close a loophole that allows the sale of aerial fireworks, as long as the purchaser signs an affidavit not to use them in Idaho. Aerial fireworks are responsible for multiple range fires every year, including the Table Rock fire in 2016.

"We're just getting the word out. Number one: it's illegal to fire them off. ALso to have any fireworks in and around the foothills. And to just be safe and think of othes. You know how the mayor talks about Be Kind. Let's be kind to our neighbors," said Doan.

Ada County does not allow the sale of aerial fireworks, but they are available elsewhere. Doan says anyone caught setting a fire with fireworks will be prosecuted, and if found guilty, pay restitution.

Doan also says he will be going after any vendor proven to have sold the aerial fireworks that cause a fire.