Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, July 05, 2013

Officers focus on safety and education during overnight festivities

   Boise Police responded to several reports of fireworks in the City of Boise over the Fourth of July festivities. Officers focused contacts with citizens on education and safety.

  The Ada County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received 228 reports of illegal fireworks over the 4th of July holiday across the county. Dispatchers received those calls from 12 a.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday. The busiest time was from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., when dispatchers received 162 reports of illegal fireworks.

   "Anne Morrison Park was a very busy place during the fireworks show. The event tends to give people a great alternative to the hazards of lighting fireworks at home," says Boise Police Lt. Dave Birch.  

   Boise Police focused this year's efforts on educating the public about the dangers of illegal fireworks. Officers explained what types of fireworks are illegal and what areas of the city are off limits to all fireworks. You can learn more details about what is safe and what is legal here.

   Fireworks violations are typically citations. For a citation to be issued, the officer must witness the activity or the calling party must be willing to sign the citation and appear in court. (citation information typically takes several days to be entered and is not immediately available)

   Officers did confiscate a very small number of illegal fireworks. (see photos)

For detailed information about how to celebrate a safe and legal Fourth of July go here!


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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information