Table Rock Fire victims oppose ban on aerial fireworks

Posted at 10:19 PM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 12:32:14-04

The family who lost their home during the 2,500 acre fireworks-caused Table Rock Fire says stopping the sale of illegal fireworks in the state may not be the best solution. Members of the Danielson family say the sale of aerial fireworks shouldn't be banned, but more controlled in the state.

The Danielsons celebrated a birthday for the newest member of their family today, but the one-year-old little girl will never know the home her great-grandfather built.

"It's all gone, the only thing that's left is stuff that wouldn't burn like metal. All because of stupidity," said Van Danielson owner of the home that was destroyed in the Table Rock Fire.

After the fire engulfed the hillside and destroyed the home Boise's Fire Chief has asked state leaders to ban the sale of aerial fireworks. Currently, you can buy them in the state, but have to sign a waiver saying you won't set them off in Idaho.  Even though they are victims of fireworks, members of the family say a stricter ban on fireworks is not the answer. They would rather see cities designate certain areas for firework use.

"Five, 10, 15 acres of prepared land that nothing can burn," Van Danielson explained.

The family says residents near the designated areas may complain about the noise, but says it's all for the right reasons.

"That noise on the 4th is also a representation of our freedoms that we have because of those that came before us to give us this opportunity," explained Steve Danielson who was living in the family home when it burned.

Right now, Steve and his family are living in a home someone at the Red Cross donated to them temporarily. More than a week later, nobody has come forward claiming responsibility for the fireworks that caused the fire.

"It speaks a lot about your character if you step forward and own what you've done," said Steve Danielson.

Family members tell 6 On Your Side a neighbor is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for causing the Table Rock Fire.