Last year Boise officialdom sort of threw in the towel when it came to enforcing fireworks law over the July Fourth holiday. Police Chief Mike Masterson said it is nearly impossible to enforce city laws when they differ from state law.
In 2005 he said the answer was to complain to the legislature–not the Boise Cops. Seems that Team Dave has had a change of heart this year. Mayor Dave Bieter issued a statement saying extra FIRE INSPECTORS would be out in force to enforce the law. Call non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 to report violations. We hope the cops write a few tickets as well.
Fireworks are banned in the foothills from Warm Springs Mesa to Seamans Gulch. Last year there were fires, and injuries including burns, buts, and a lost eye due to illegal fireworks use.
The GUARDIAN advocated an outright ban on fireworks. It makes no sense to sell “arson kits” to kids for a week and tell them not to play for matches the rest of the year.
There is nothing patriotic about burning your city and injuring your kids.
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