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Idaho lawmakers reject anti-fireworks bill

An Idaho House committee voted down legislation Monday to ban the sale of illegal aerial fireworks in Idaho – even though they’re illegal to use in the state, under current law, if people sign an affidavit saying they’ll be shooting them off elsewhere they can be sold in-state, and two southwestern Idaho sales outlets do big business under that clause.

House panel rejects legislation to ban sale of illegal aerial fireworks

The House State Affairs Committee voted down legislation this morning to ban the sale of aerial fireworks in Idaho. Shooting off aerial fireworks already is illegal in Idaho, but under a loophole in the law, they are sold legally at two busy locations in southwestern Idaho. Those businesses require purchasers to sign an affidavit saying they...

Massive fireworks market blast kills at least 29 in Mexico

A powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing at least 29 people, injuring scores more and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky.

19-year-old cited for starting Table Rock Fire with illegal fireworks

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports today that it’s cited Taylor Kemp, 19, for starting the Table Rock Fire that burned one home and threatened hundreds of others this summer. Kemp, who was interviewed by detectives June 30 and then again in August...

Fires spark renewed discussion about Idaho fireworks laws

NAMPA, Idaho – After fireworks sparked a wildfire in central Idaho that burned about 4 square miles as well as a separate house fire in Nampa public officials are pushing to reevaluate Idaho’s fireworks regulations.

Please obey fireworks bans

As for fireworks, those have been banned in Spokane and most of the county since for more than 20 years, and for good reason. One spark, regardless of the source, can do a lot of damage in dry conditions. During the 1991 firestorm, the city had fires burning on three sides, and about 100 homes were lost.