Each year the Ada Commishes pass a temporary ban on the use of fireworks in unincorporated Ada County–the area outside cities and fire districts.
They send out a grave press release declaring anyone violating the ordinance can be fined $1,000, sentenced to 6 months in jail–or both. Idle threats if you look at the facts.
Truth is, the enforcement people don’t ever catch the folks tossing the fire starters. Last year NOT A SINGLE TICKET was issued according to the Ada Sheriff. In fact during the past 4 years they tell the GUARDIAN the average number of tickets was 3.
Getting people to obey fireworks laws is like getting local governments to abide by the Idaho Constitution–they do as they please. You want to stop illegal fireworks and use of fireworks by kids and drunks, you gotta put the vendors out of business…stop making the stuff! It worked with leaded gas.
Each year the GUARDIAN laments: “It is absurd to tell kinds to not play with matches for 50 weeks of the year and then let them buy arson kits in the strip mall parking lots for two weeks and tell them to be careful.” When the little rascals go to play with the grassfire starters the only place to get away from mom is in the vacant lot of course.
With high volume vendors in Elmore and Canyon counties selling all sorts of fireworks and asking people to simply sign a paper saying they won’t use them in Idaho or in Ada County you create a whole bunch of patriotic criminals.
We suggest –as we always do–limiting fireworks to sanctioned displays by trained technicians.
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