Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Illegal Fireworks Appear to have Sparked Two Small Fires at 6th & Main Overnight

Boise, April 17, 2013, 12:45 p.m. - Boise Police and Fire investigators are on scene at N. 6th Street just south of Main Street after two fires were reported. Witnesses tell officers they heard loud bangs that sounded like fireworks just prior to the fires starting in some shrubs and an umbrella.

What Happened: Boise Firefighters were called at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday night, April 16th to two fires burning in the Old Boise District of 6th & Main Streets downtown. First responding fire crews could see smoke and flames and immediately called for a second alarm. When firefighters arrived, they found two small fires, one burning what appeared to be an umbrella on the upstairs outdoor lounge area of the Reef restaurant and nightclub, the second burning in juniper bushes just off the road across the street. Firefighters were able to quickly knock the flames down. No one was injured and firefighters say there does not appear to be any structural damage to the Reef.

Officers were also quickly on scene. Tuesday night crowds were small but for safety, officers evacuated patrons and staff briefly from the Reef and an adjacent nightclub. 

Evidence of Fireworks: Several witnesses told officers they heard what sounded like fireworks just prior to the fires starting. Officers soon found evidence of what appeared to be illegal fireworks that had been set off.

Suspects: Officers are searching for four males, all wearing darker colored clothing who witnesses said appeared to be playing with the fireworks prior to the fires starting.  The four were last seen running west toward Capitol Blvd and Front Streets at approximately 11:23 p.m.

Crime Stoppers: Officers are asking the public's help to find the young men who had the fireworks. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.