Should Idaho Ban The Sale of All Fireworks?
Kevin Miller/580 KIDO
As the Treasure Valley continues to look for the culprits who started the Table Rock Fire by playing with the fireworks, a new debate has begun over the state law governing the sale of fireworks in the Gem State. Yes, you can buy fireworks in Idaho. However, it's illegal to use them in Idaho. (I wish someone would inform the folks in my neighborhood that they're lawbreakers.) If you'd like to read the Idaho Law, you can click the link here. Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan wants to make it illegal to sell fireworks in the Gem State. Currently, you can use fireworks that are grounded unless your city or town says no. However, you can buy any type of fireworks as long as you sign an affidavit saying you won't fire them off in Idaho. (Judging by the bottle-rockets going off in my neighborhood right now, I'd say we have a lot of lawbreakers ignoring their pledge.)
Chief Doan told the Idaho Statesman that he's going to work to change the state law. He told the paper, 'illegal means illegal to buy, sell, or use.' Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett agrees with Doan. He states that he'll support a change in the law. The Ada County Sheriff's Office tells the paper that enforcement of fireworks laws is a low priority because of staffing.
So what do you think? Is it time to ban the sale of all fireworks in Idaho? Vote here now!