Nampa Fire Chief won't enforce fireworks ban

Posted at 9:42 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 23:42:31-04

Idaho's Attorney General still hasn't commented on why he pulled the plug on sales of aerial fireworks just 8 days before the Fourth of July.
As we earlier reported, many vendors have spent time, money and effort preparing to sell the fireworks legally.
And now we learn some fire chiefs are refusing to enforce the order. 
Nampa Fire Chief Phil Roberts says it's not fair to enforce the illegal fireworks ban right now.

"My difficulty is the letter coming after we had approved every booth.  The applications were all in last Friday and the last booth was inspected.  It was legal to sell Saturday and on Tuesday we get this letter."
There are not a lot of illegal fireworks stands in Canyon County, but the ones that are there continue to sell.
The same goes for the stands in the Middleton city limits where law enforcement seems to agree that the timing of the ban was poor for people who have spent months preparing.  Vendor Sherrie Herron says it would have been ok if she had six months' notice.

"Oh yeah, we would have found another hobby or job or worked as usual at our normal job."
Chief Roberts says even if the ban isn't implemented this year, he hopes it remains for next year.

"We support everything about the letter other than the timing."
All the stands we contacted that still sell aerial fireworks say they have been left alone, including the biggest -- Rocky Mountain Fur and Fireworks.
Although they tell us the AG's decision has at least so far, scared away a lot of business.
The attorney general's new interpretation of the law also suggests fireworks sellers could be held liable if they sell something that causes a huge fire.
But Chief Roberts says it would be almost impossible to tell which stand actually sold the fireworks.