Boise Fire Department
News Release

Dennis Doan
Boise Fire Chief

Contact: Char Jackson
(208) 570-6548

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Firework safety reminders; Stands open June 23

This month marks a year since the 2016 Table Rock fire burned more than 2,500 acres, destroyed a home and put hundreds of residents in danger. This year the Boise Fire Department is again reminding people to be safe when using fireworks. BFD urges you to attend the City of Boise public fireworks display at Expo Idaho. Firework stands open June 23 across the Treasure Valley, if you do plan to set off your own fireworks, there are some things you need to know.

Before Lighting Fireworks

  • Use legal fireworks, available at licensed outlets. If you accidentally start a fire you can be sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay restitution for putting out the fire. This year posters will be displayed at all firework stands in Boise reminding people of the devastation the 2016 Table Rock fire caused. 
  • Store fireworks out of the reach of children.
  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Place pets indoors; they may be easily frightened by fireworks.
  • Always have water handy (garden hose or bucket of water).

When Lighting Fireworks

  • A responsible adult should always light fireworks.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Light only one firework at a time and move away quickly.
  • Keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Always remember, do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

After Lighting Fireworks

  • Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
  • Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it with water).

When Can I Use Fireworks

In Boise City, it is lawful to sell and use "Safe and Sane Fireworks" beginning at midnight June 23 until midnight July 5, and beginning at midnight December 26 ending at midnight January 1.

Dangerous and Prohibited Fireworks

These examples are NOT considered "safe and sane" fireworks:                       

  • Fireworks containing explosive material that will burn or deflagrate when ignited.  (Examples include, but are not limited to, firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80s.)
  • Fireworks that leave the ground of their own accord, or fly when tossed into the air. Examples include, but are not limited to, skyrockets, bottle rockets, mortar shells, Roman candles.
  • Fireworks designed for ground or near ground use that travel outside of a fifteen (15) foot diameter circle.
  • Fireworks designed for ground or near ground use that, as a means of propulsion, emit showers or sparks longer than twelve (12) inches.
  • Fireworks designed for use from a stationary position that emit sparks, showers, or flaming balls, vertically more than twenty (20) feet; or from which discharged material falls beyond a twenty (20) foot diameter circle.

Who Is Responsible for a Minor?

The parents, guardian or other persons having custody or control of a minor shall be liable for damage caused by the use of fireworks by the minor. Damages are limited to an amount not to exceed $2,500.00.

Foothills Ban for Fireworks

It shall be unlawful for any person to use any fireworks, either "dangerous" or "safe and sane" in the area defined as "the foothills".  It shall also be unlawful for any person to ignite or cause to be ignited any open flame in the area defined as the foothills.

The Foothills are defined as that area of the Boise Foothills which fall into the following boundary: "An area bordered on the north and east by the City boundary and on the south and west by the center of Hill Road, beginning on Hill Road at the western most City boundary, following the center of the following streets:  Hill Road easterly to N. 13th Street; N. 13th Street southerly Heron; Heron easterly to N. 9th Street; N. 9th Street southerly to Lemp; Lemp easterly to N. 8th Street; N. 8th Street southerly to Brumback; Brumback easterly to N. 7th Street; N. 7th Street southerly to Alturas; Alturas easterly to N. 5th Street; N. 5th Street easterly to Sherman; Sherman southerly to North Sky; North Sky westerly to Ada, Ada easterly to N. 4th Street;  N. 4th Street westerly to N. 6th Street; N. 6th Street easterly to Fort; Fort easterly to Cunningham Place; Cunningham Place easterly to Collins; Collins easterly to Mountain Cove; Mountain Cove southerly to Reserve; Reserve easterly to Avenue H; then the south and west border shall be the north and east curbs of the following streets; Avenue H southerly to Logan; Logan easterly to Floral; Floral easterly to Krall; Krall easterly to Walnut: Walnut southerly to East Franklin; East Franklin easterly to Coston; Coston easterly to Hillview; Hillview easterly to Bacon; Bacon southerly to Warm Springs; and Warm Springs easterly to the east City Boundary." (Ord. No. 5667, Enacted, 10-10-95)