Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Safe and Sane? Idaho's Fireworks Debate

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Fire officials have fanned out across the Treasure Valley, inspecting scores of fireworks stands that have once again surfaced in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Last year during July, 372 incidents involving illegal fireworks were reported in Ada County, including 189 by Boise Police. Caregivers at area hospitals told Citydesk that they regularly treat severe burns and burst eardrums each July Fourth. Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said he has witnessed people lose fingers and hands when handling illegal fireworks.

In tomorrow's BW, we examine the conundrum surrounding so-called "safe and sane" fireworks vs. "illegal" pyrotechnics that can be sold in Idaho but can't be used here legally.

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