According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, Ada County dispatchers received 10 reports of illegal fireworks prior to 9 p.m. on July 4. Between 9 p.m. and midnight, dispatchers received 128 reports, slightly more than half
of what it was last year (228). Here's the breakdown, by jurisdiction:
-67 to the Boise Police Department
-36 to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, which includes Eagle, Kuna and Star police
-22 to the Meridian Police Department
-3 to the Garden City Police Department
An illegal firework is "anything that flies into the air," according to Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Romeo Gervais, of the Boise Fire Department. "You don't have much control with where they land, and we have a lot of dry fuels around here."
Back in May, Boise Weekly
reported on some of the problems fireworks pose to the Treasure Valley, including incredibly high in-take rates of stray and often injured animals at the Idaho Humane Society (84 dogs in both 2012 and 2013), and fires sparked (12 last year and 15 the year before).
We also visited Rocky Mountain Fireworks and Fur, where half of the inventory is legal and the other half is illegal. The owners request that their customers sign a waiver promising to take those fireworks out-of-state, but "as we all know, there's a group of people who will take them and shoot them off here in the city of Boise, as can be seen in the sky any Fourth of July," Gervais said.