Idaho residents stay legal using Safe and Sane fireworks

LEWISTON, ID - The fourth of July holiday is a time that many look forward to every year, but the good times of fireworks, barbequing and outside fun can turn dangerous within a blink of an eye.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns tips to make your holiday safer and keep you on the right side of the law.

As Americans gear up to celebrate their Independence this Fourth Of July.... police and firefighters are doing the same. They're preparing for an influx of injuries and fires during one of the busiest holiday weekends of every year.

"Fireworks are fun but they're also extremely dangerous to the community, and we have to make a decision on what's most important and the community's safety is," said LPD Captain Tom Greene.

Nationally, more than one-billion dollars are spent on fireworks each year. According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of four people are killed, and more than 9,000 are injured because of those fireworks.

"It is best to not be under the influence of alcohol or other substances so that the person is able to make good judgement when they're lighting them off," said Lewiston Fire Dept. Chief Travis Myklebust.

The state of Idaho has tougher restrictions on firework use, than several other states.

"Fireworks that are legal within the state of Idaho are refereed to as non-aerial common fireworks," said Greene. "I think the phrase that most people use is that "if it goes up or blows up it is illegal."

"Safe and sane fireworks helps reduce the fires that we see," said Myklebust.

At this time, fire danger remains high. However, there are things you can do to lower that risk. Having a hose nearby is just one of the many precautions you can take.

"Grass is cut down so we don't have tall grass right up next to the house, shrubs are trimmed up, and like I said they may look green but inside they're extremely dry," said Myklebust.

Despite a ban on many fireworks, there's still a lot of legal options for families to enjoy.

"It look kind of like a peacock tail, and it has lots of colors and shoot about 10-15 feet in the air," said Hamilton. "And then this here is more for the kids it's a can of worms."

The can of worms is really just a better rendition of the snake and can be enjoyed by both young and old.

Fireworks bought out on the local Nez Perce reservation do not have to abide by state laws, and so LPD said that it's important that you know what you're buying if you plan on igniting them within the City limits. As a warning, if you're found using illegal fireworks a fine of up to $300 can be issued.