Fire officials discuss firework safety for July 4th

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 00:03:18-04

IDAHO — Independence Day looks a little different this year since many firework shows canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Merdian and Boise fire officials are reminding people how dangerous illegal fireworks can be to the community. Ariel fireworks are a common cause to range fires, similar to the fire in 2016 at Table Rock.

Fire officials recommend double-checking you are purchasing safe and sane fireworks.

“We want to remind people to only buy safe and sane fireworks from the fireworks stands here in the Ada County,” Meridian Fire Marshall, Joe Bongiorno says.

Although safe and sane fireworks are legal, they still have the potential to cause damage.

“Those sparklers that kids like, the metal rod can burn up to over 1,000 degrees, so burns can happen quickly,” Bongirono says.

The best place to use these fireworks and minimize potential damage is on the pavement. A driveway or empty parking lot away from dry grass or fields is recommended when using fireworks.

There also should be a hose or water source nearby in case something goes wrong.

“Having that hose readily available is super important. Having a bucket readily available with water in it so you can soak those fireworks afterward, which is super important,” Boise Fire Marshall, Jerry McAdams says.

If you are caught using an illegal firework, you could be cited as a misdemeanor. If the fireworks cause damage to someone’s property, you’ll have to pay for the destruction.

Those who live in Meridian and Boise must be sure to check with their city’s firework ordinance before purchasing fireworks.