Boise Police Chief Mike “Bat” Masterson has joined the ranks of folks who can’t understand the patriotism of burning your neighbor’s house on July 4th with illegal fireworks.
We are talking about those fireworks which are legal to sell and own, but illegal to shoot. Idaho law and Boise City law are different and Masterson admits it is nearly impossible to enforce either, despite citizen complaints.
The answer is simple–ban the sale and use of those little arson kits. There are no age restrictions on the sale of fireworks, so youngsters flock to the temporary stands throughout the city at the end of June. We tell kids not to play with matches all year long, then peddle attractive little firepops for a week before The Fourth.
The kids are warned to have adults around when they play with the fire, but if there are adults around they won’t let them play…the answer is to go out in the tall grass where no one will see them and the results can be catastrophic.
Rather than form a task force complete with undercover cops, Boise’s new Top Cop suggests folks call their legislator rather than police because it is impossible to handle the problem of illegal fireworks through enforcement.
We agree with Bat on the futility of enforcing a city ban on something the state says is legal, but this somehow brings us back to the booze ban on the Boise River. If you are of age it is legal to float down the river with a 6 pack of beer…you just can’t OPEN it within the city limits. Isn’t that just like possessing fireworks, that are illegal to SHOOT?
Not trying to be difficult here folks, but we NEED CONSISTENCY in our approach to the law. Undercover cops and a major police presence along the river to ban booze and then a “Cop out” to call the legislature on dangerous fireworks? Council and the Chief need to get real on these two issues.
We have never heard of any houses or kids burned by bare breasts or beer drinkers floating the river, but the same is not true when it comes to fireworks.
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