Local law enforcement had a very busy Fourth of July, with Ada County Sheriff's Office dispatchers reporting 228 reports of illegal fireworks. The busiest time was between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Friday morning, when dispatchers got 162 reports of illegal fireworks.
The Boise Fire Department responded to 12 reports of fires July 4. The number was slightly down from last year when Boise Fire responded to 15 reports.
Fire officials said of the 12 reports, four could be directly attributed to fireworks. Seven others were either under investigation or no cause has been determined, and one fire was not related to fireworks.
"Boise Firefighters spent most of the holiday going from call to call in the effort to keep citizens safe last night," says Boise Fire Marshal Romeo Gervais. "With the heat and dry weather we all need to keep fire safety in mind this summer."
Fireworks violations are typically citations. Boise Police said they focused much of their efforts on the Fourth of July educating the public about the dangers of illegal fireworks.
Officers did confiscate a small number of illegal fireworks, including the below items.