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Probably why fireworks are illegal

In this file photo Coeur d'Alene Tribe member Corrina Hendrickx, 19, sells fireworks at Indian Country Fireworks near Worley.

The Spokane Fire Department has a new video reminding folks that fireworks are dangerous and illegal in many Inland Northwest communities.

But the following videos might do a better job of making their point.

Oh, we probably should warn you that when fireworks displays and pyrotechnic experiments go badly, explicit language sometimes follows — so if you’re at work you might want to turn down the volume or use headphones.

We don't spend the Fourth in Spokane. Instead we go to a lake in a neighboring county where fireworks are still legal. Honestly, I don't like watching the boys set them off. Even after all these years it makes me nervous. I'm more of a sparkler gal.

Did you set fireworks off as a kid? Do your kids?

Hagadone Fireworks Lights Casco Bay

I missed this bit of waterfront fireworks at Duane Hagadone’s digs on Casco Bay because I was out of town. But one of my Merry Hucksters didn’t. I’m not sure what prompted this display at the Haga-plex. Mebbe it had something to do with all those billionaires who were in town last week for a meeting of the Horatio Algers self-made-people club. Ah, enjoy ...

Fireworks Destroys Library Book Drop

The Moscow Public Library hopes to reopen its outdoor book drop shortly before noon today after being temporarily closed due to damage caused by fireworks. The fire was determined Monday to have started when fireworks were placed inside in the book drop, located near the corner of North Jefferson and East Second streets, sometime Sunday night. About 49 library items were destroyed by the fire causing approximately $1,000 in damage, said George Williams, Moscow Public Library access services manager. He said the items were mostly children’s books, a few DVDs and audio books. All of the items, except for one, were owned by the library, he said. Williams said a bin inside the book drop was completely destroyed. Library staff estimate the cost to replace the bin and other parts in the book drop to be about $3,000/Yesenia Amara, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Daily News photo by Geoff Crimmins)

Question: Did you see anyone do something particularly stupid w/fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend?

Bombs Bursting In Air

In case you missed the fireworks of the north shore Sunday, Idaho Scenic Images provides the one above, as well as several others in her Facebook album. Writes ISC: “I braved the crowds and went to the fireworks show last night. This was really just an experiment for me. … I haven’t done much of this type of work. It was fun though.”

Lake Tower Donates To Fireworks Fund

Debbie Berger is a Facebook friend and the female whirlwind behind the push to raise $30,000 to fund this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. (You can donate to the fund by clicking on this link.) This week, Lake Tower residents donated nearly $400 for the fireworks fund. Posts Debbie: ”I was lucky enough to visit with Don Sausser, Betty Owens and Ace Waldon yesterday and it was amazing. These community members touched my heart and are a true inspiration.” Yeah, that’s Don Sausser, HBO’s Eye Above Sherman Avenue, standing on the left.

HBO Poll: Most Wear Bike Helmets

  • Tuesday’s Poll: Most of you Merry Hucksters protect your gray matter by wearing helmets while riding a bike. 90 of 154 respondents (58%) said they wear helmets when riding a bike. 40 of 154 said they do not wear helmets while riding a bike. 24 of 154 said they don’t ride bikes.
  • Today’s Poll (from Lewiston Tribune): How do you feel about fireworks at the Fourth of July?

Where To Park, Sit For Fireworks Show?

A colleague asked me this morning what’s the best place to park and to watch the Fourth of July fireworks show along the north shore. I have a system that generally works, in which I arrive late — sometimes 15 minutes before the show begins — and get home without much hassle from the number of vehicles leaving on Northwest Boulevard, Government Way, and Fourth Street. I also sit on City Beach. Which, as crowded as it appears, always has room for Mrs. O and me. How about you?

Question: Can you offer any tips for newbies wanting to see the fireworks show — in terms of where to park and where to view it?

Spark Ignites Fireworks In Worley Stand

Worley residents got a free impromptu fireworks display tonight after a child ignited a firework that caused a fireworks stand to go up in flames. The fire, which started about 8 p.m., burned two vehicles and caused Highway 95 to shut down for a short time, authorities said. According to a Coeur d’Alene Tribal spokesman, a minor was playing with fireworks near Adeline’s Smoke Shop, near the old Worley Fire Station, when one firework accidentally shot into the stand causing the building to ignite along with the fireworks inside. The stand burned to the ground, and two vehicles parked nearby were destroyed, authorities said. The highway was shut down for safety reasons. No one was hurt/Spokesman-Review. (Illustrative SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Do you ever go to the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation to buy illegal fireworks? And/or: How much do you spend on fireworks each year?

Sandpoint Cuts Back On Fireworks Show

Organizers of a Fourth of July fireworks show in this northern Idaho lakeside town say the economic downturn will force them to scale back on the 30-minute spectacle of lights. John Hunt of the Sandpoint Lions Club says the fireworks show can cost up to $35,000, which is a price tag that major sponsors of the event in the past can no longer afford. This years fireworks display in Sandpoint will likely be shortened to about seven to 10 minutes/Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Is it important to you that community’s that traditionally offer a fireworks show continue to do so during these hard economic times?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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