Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, June 29, 2009

Boise Police, Fire think Safety for July 4th

Boise Police, Fire think Safety for July 4th

    June 29, 2009 - Boise Police and Boise Fire Departments are reminding citizens of some important safety messages meant to ensure a fun and safe celebration this Independence Day, the 4th of July Holiday.

  • Don't Drink and Drive.
  • Be watchful of pedestrians crowding neighborhoods to view the parade and large fireworks displays.
  • Be Safe and Sane with personal fireworks.

    EXTRA DUI PATROLS / ENFORCEMENT:

    Boise Police will have DUI patrols working overtime through the July 4th holiday weekend keeping city streets safe. 

    The Boise Police Night STEP Unit, officers who specialize in DUI enforcement, received a $8000 grant from the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety. The state grant will pay for overtime for more officers to patrol Boise City streets looking specifically for DUI drivers July 1 - 10. Additional details on the DUI crackdown will follow in a separate release.

    Regarding illegal fireworks enforcement: citizen calls of illegal fireworks activity will be responded to by Boise Police just like any citizen call, prioritized by life safety (calls where someone's safety is at risk are given highest priority for officer response).

 
     Illegal Fireworks Violations: Illegal Fireworks are referenced under Boise City Code 7-01-62 Section 3309.2
http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/City_Clerk/PDF/CityCode/Title7/0701.pdf (scroll to page 21)
     Those found in possession of illegal fireworks may be cited under this code. The violation is a civil infraction (just like a traffic ticket) with a $100 fine.
     A second violation within five years is a misdemeanor crime with a fine not more than $500 or by no more than 30 days in the county jail.
 
     Confiscation: Those found in possession of illegal fireworks risk having them confiscated by either Boise Police or Boise Fire Officers. (only law enforcement can write citations, but fire can confiscate).
 
     2008 - Boise Police and Fire reported a busy but uneventful night July 4th of last year. There was one small brush fire possibly started by fireworks off Federal Way early in the evening. Boise Police were busy with crowds at Ann Morrison Park, and near Mountain View Dr, but crowds were peaceful and well behaved.
   In July of 2008, Boise Officers issued 19 citations for possession of illegal fireworks.
 

    WE THE PEOPLE LIBERTY DAY PARADE: Begins in Downtown Boise Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 a.m.

    Parade Route: Begins at the corner of 10th and Bannock, runs east on Bannock to 4th St., south on 4th to Idaho St., west on Idaho to 12th, north on 12th to Bannock, parade ends at the corner of 12th and Bannock.

    Road closures: Streets on the parade route will be closed approx 20 minutes prior to the start of the parade, or about 10:40 a.m. and remain closed until after the crowds clear. The parade is expected to last approx 90 minutes.

    Parade Parking: There is no parking available along the parade route. Since July 4th is a holiday, free parking is being made available in all downtown parking garages and at Boise State University at the Towers parking lot and Parking Structure #1 (Brady Street and University Drive). 

 

    4th of JULY FIREWORKS - ANN MORRISON PARK: The City of Boise is a sponsor for the huge fireworks display this Saturday, July 4th beginning at approx. 10:20 p.m. 

    Extra Boise PD Motors and patrol officers will be working the area to ensure safety and manage traffic due to the large crowd expected in the park and surrounding neighborhoods. Last year, officers estimate between 1,000 and 2,000 people lined Crescent Rim Dr. to watch the fireworks.

    Road Closures: Crescent Rim will be closed to all vehicle traffic starting at 6:00 p.m.. Crescent Rim will be closed at or near Latah, Morris Hill, Kipling, Peasley, and Eastover. Persons living on Crescent Rim will be allowed to drive to their residence. These vehicles shall be escorted by BPD motor units to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the area. Crescent Rim will re-open after the fireworks and the officers decide the roadway is once again safe for pedestrians.

     Fireworks Parking: Since July 4th is a holiday, free parking is being made available in all downtown parking garages and at Boise State University at the Towers parking lot and Parking Structure #1 (Brady Street and University Drive). 

 

    MOUNTAIN VIEW PATROLS - HAWKS STADIUM FIREWORKS: Boise Police will cooperate with Garden City Police on managing crowds and traffic expected for the large fireworks display at the conclusion of the Boise Hawks Baseball Game at Memorial Stadium.

    Road Closures: Mountain View Rd will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., the time when pedestrians typically begin to crowd the street to view the fireworks. Mountain View will be closed at Glenwood, Coffey, and Sorrento. Mountain View will reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks display at Hawks Stadium, when pedestrians have cleared and officers assigned to the area determine it's once again safe for vehicle traffic. Persons living on Mountain View will be allowed to drive to their residence. These vehicles shall be escorted by BPD motor units to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the area.

 

   Parking Advisory: Drivers who park blocking or too close to fire hydrants, stop signs, cross walks and intersections risk a parking ticket. Good rule of thumb - Park 30 feet from any of the above and you're OK.

   Drivers who park blocking a driveway or alleyway risk being towed! Be courteous to residents when you're in their neighborhood for an event.

 

   PERSONAL USE OF FIREWORKS IN BOISE CITY: These examples are NOT considered "Safe and Sane" Fireworks for use in Boise City:  

  • Fireworks containing explosive material that will burn or deflagrate when ignited.  (Examples include, but are not limited to, firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80s.)
  • Fireworks that leave the ground of their own accord, or fly when tossed into the air. Examples include, but are not limited to, skyrockets, bottle rockets, mortar shells, Roman candles.
  • Fireworks designed for ground or near ground use that travel outside of a fifteen (15) foot diameter circle.
  • Fireworks designed for ground or near ground use that, as a means of propulsion, emit showers or sparks longer than twelve (12) inches.
  • Fireworks designed for use from a stationary position that emit sparks, showers, or flaming balls, vertically more than twenty (20) feet; or from which discharged material falls beyond a twenty (20) foot diameter circle.
  • Foothills Ban: It shall be unlawful for any person to use any fireworks, either "dangerous" or "safe and sane" in the area defined by this code as "the foothills".  

    For a complete list of fireworks safety recommendations, as well as city ordinances regarding fireworks, foothills maps, and informational downloads, please log onto:

http://www.boisefire.org  or

http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Fire/PublicOutreach/Safety/page5148.aspx

 

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The following is copied from a release previously issued by Ann Morrison Fireworks organizers:

Boise’s Fourth of July Fireworks & 50-Year Celebration of Ann Morrison Park

    Boise, ID, June 17, 2009—The Idaho Statesman and Journal Broadcast Group are proud to join the City of Boise in presenting the 2009 Fourth of July Fireworks show in Ann Morrison Park. The fireworks display will start at approximately 10:15 pm. The event will be free to the public and will be simulcast on Today’s Channel 6 and 107.1 K-Hits.

    In addition, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department is hosting s special program on July 4 in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the park. Children’s activities are open to the public and run from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. The Boise Municipal Band will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 and a ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. For more information, see www.cityofboise.org/parks.

    A commemorative poster designed by local artist Ward Hooper is available for $5.00 at the Idaho Statesman prior to the event and at the park July 4. A portion of the proceeds benefit future park improvements.

    In anticipation and celebration of the Fourth of July, organizers ask that the public be aware of the following to help ensure this a spectacular event for all to enjoy:

Park Closure

    Ann Morrison Park will be closed the Fourth of July to vehicle traffic with a few exceptions. Limited vehicle access will be allowed through the park entrance off American Boulevard to pick up river floaters. Vehicles must be attended at all times. The shuttle bus pick up for river floaters will have regular access to the park. Equipment rental at Barber Park will be open until 6 p.m. The last shuttle bus pick up will depart from Ann Morrison Park at 7:00 p.m. Only vehicles with special permits or handicapped parking stickers will be allowed otherwise. Handicapped parking is provided in the Ann Morrison Duck Island Parking lot off of American Boulevard. Vehicles parked illegally or blocking access will be towed.

    There will be road closures in the Crescent Rim area as well.

Parking

    Free public parking is provided by Boise State University at the Towers parking lot and Parking Structure #1 (Brady Street and University Drive).

Capital City Development Corporation is providing FREE parking all day in downtown Boise in the following public garages:
• Eastman Garage – 866 W. Main St.
• Capitol Terrace Garage – 770 W. Main St.
• City Centre Garage – 312 S. 9th St.
• Grove Street Garage – 234 S. 10th St.
• Boulevard Garage – 245 S. Capitol Blvd.
• Myrtle Street Garage – 789 W. Broad Street
• Avenue A West – 190 E. Front St.
• Avenue A East – 252 E. Front St.


Visit www.IdahoStatesman.com/fireworks for a link to maps of the parking garage locations and BSU parking lots.
Traffic may be heavily congested as you leave Ann Morrison Park. Please be courteous and careful as you exit.

Boise’s Fourth of July Fireworks & 50-Year Celebration of Ann Morrison Park
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Food

    There will be limited food vendors in the park. Pronto Pups and State Fair Lemonades and TCBY will be available for sale.

Tips

    If you plan to visit the park to view the fireworks, please come prepared and be mindful of the following:

• No fireworks or sparklers are allowed in the park. This will be strictly enforced.
• Please leave pets at home.
• Consider bringing the following items: water, sunscreen, bug spray, flashlight and a blanket or chair to sit on
• No glass bottles are allowed in the park.
• Please use recycle receptacles in the park for cans, plastic bottles and plastic cups.
• Alcoholic beverages are illegal within 250 feet of the Boise River.

    The organizers and sponsors thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you on the Fourth of July!

    Volunteers are needed to help in the park on July 4 and 5. Various shifts are available. If interested, please contact Binna Jensen at 377-6475 or Sandy Anderson at 947-5404 or visit www.IdahoStatesman.com or www.KIVITV.com for more information.

    The fireworks display is possible due to the generous support from various organizations and individuals in the community including City of Boise, Idaho Statesman, KIVI Today’s 6, 107.1 K-Hits, Albertson/SUPERVALU, Boise Housing Corporation, Tomlinson & Associates, CHF, College of Western Idaho, Deloitte and Touche, George and Bev Harad, Idaho Independent Bank, Idaho Power, J.R. Simplot Company, Larry Miller Honda & Larry Miller Subaru, Micron Foundation, Northwest Nazarene University School of Business, Dave and Mi-Ai Parrish, Pizza Hut, URS Washington Division and Vista Pawn.

    For more information, please refer to the contacts below:

Binna Jensen, Idaho Statesman
377-6475, bjensen@idahostatesman.com

Sandy Anderson, Journal Broadcast Group
947-5404, sanderson@journalbroadcastgroup.com

Adam Park, City of Boise
384-4402, APark@cityofboise.org

Amy Stahl, Boise Parks and Recreation
384-4060. ext. 304, AStahl@cityofboise.org