An interesting Fourth of July tradition takes place in the Boise County town of Crouch. The community, which normally has a population of about 150, swells with visitors for the holiday, and kids and adults head to the middle of town, where they are encouraged to shoot off fireworks.
"All the kids bring their stuff into town and we shut down the gas pumps," Carole Scharf of the Crouch Chamber of Commerce told Citydesk. "Everybody sits around and blows off fireworks."
Scharf acknowledged that everyone knows the regulations about what can be set off.
"But it's generally not enforced," said Scharf. "Because they would have to haul the offender all the way to Boise. We have a really decent volunteer fire department, emergency medical technicians, and we have an ambulance sitting by."
Scharf described the event as "quite chaotic."
"The smoke is so thick sometimes, you can't see across the street," she said.
In this week's BW, we examine the Idaho paradox surrounding "legal" and "illegal" fireworks which appears each July. In July 2010, there were more than 372 incidents involving illegal fireworks in Ada County; 189 were logged by Boise Police.