Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 06, 2009

07-06-09 Boise Police/Fire July 4th Wrap

07-06-09 Boise Police/Fire July 4th Wrap

    Boise, July 6, 2009 - Both Boise Police and Fire report a busy night of calls July 4th and into the early morning July 5th, but fortunately, no serious incidents, property damage or injuries were reported.

    BOISE FIRE: Boise Fire Battalion Chief Steve Rasulo says firefighters responded to:

  • approx 50 calls for service from 8:00 p.m. July 4th to approx 2:00 a.m. July 5th. 
  • Five of those calls involved shrub, tree, or grass fires with structures threatened. Firefighters responded quickly got the fires out before any structures were damaged. Illegal fireworks appeared to be the cause. 
  • Approx. 6 dumpster fires were also reported.

    "It was busy, but slower than years past on the 4th of July," said Battalion Chief Rasulo. "Here in the city, a lot of the grass and brush is also still very green from a wet spring so, fortunately fires didn't spread too fast and we could get a quick jump on them before anything could get out of hand." 

    BOISE POLICE: According to Ada County Dispatch, who handles emergency calls for Boise Police, in the city:

  • Officers responded to approx 100 calls of citizens complaining about illegal fireworks in their area July 4th through 5:00 a.m. July 5th. At this time, the number of citations written by officers, if any, is not available (citation info takes several days to be entered to track). Fireworks violations are typically citations - see BPD news release issued June 29th at www.boisepolice.org.

    "The fireworks in Ann Morrison Park and the Northwest Motorfest attracted good crowds and seemed to be the option for a lot of folks looking for fun family activities on the 4th." said Lt. Bryan Hagler, Boise Police Watch Commander. "We were busy but no real problems related to the holiday."