Idaho Attorney General says retailers can't sell aerial fireworks to public

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 22:34:29-04

A recent opinion from the Office of the Idaho Attorney General confirms aerial fireworks are illegal to sell to the general public In Idaho and should be removed from the shelves. 

Idaho Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, sent an inquiry to the Attorney General's office asking for clarification on the sale of illegal fireworks. 

"Special fireworks, that is, fireworks that are not non-aerial common fireworks or 'safe and sane' fireworks, can only be sold to a person possessing a permit issued to Idaho Code 39-2605 for a public display or event," Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther said. "

According to the Boise Fire Department, that means only safe and sane fireworks are legal to sell to the general public. 

Previously, retailers were allowed to sell the fireworks if a customer signed an affidavit saying they would not light them off in Idaho. Erpelding introduced legislation earlier this year to ban the sale of illegal fireworks in the state. That legislation was denied a full hearing by the House State Affairs Committee.