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Police busy with illegal firework calls

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - It was a busy weekend for local law enforcement agencies who spent their nights responding to calls for illegal fireworks displays.

Chubbuck dispatch fielded a lot of calls this weekend about those fireworks you might have seen blasting off over rooftops in the suburbs, but most everyone shooting them off got off easy with law enforcement.

Chubbuck Police went out on 11 calls for illegal fireworks on Saturday night and then 18 on Sunday night.

In Pocatello, police went on about 100 calls for illegal fireworks this weekend.

Neither agency issued a single citation.

It’s common practice among area law enforcement to issue warnings and educate people, rather than write tickets all night.

But now it’s July 5, which means it’s illegal to light off fireworks in Chubbuck City limits.

“This is really the time when you’ll see more enforcement of it," Lt. Robert Butterfield said. "You don’t have to prove that a firework is an aerial firework or a dangerous firework, any firework is illegal now, so enforcement becomes more commonplace."

It’s last call for your leftover legal fireworks in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls Monday night.

It depends on the city, but in general, all fireworks are illegal after midnight tonight.

Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.


1 Comment

  1. one reason why I have been thinking defunding the Chubbuck police is becoming a logical thought.
    WHY NO TICKETS ISSUED? if it is against the law, issue the ticket, next year they might not do it again. However, no tickets issued, they will just do it every year.
    I personally do not need to police to protect me from dangerous threats. For one thing, if someone breaks into my house, attempts an armed robbery in a parking lot, etc., the cops will be reactive thus it will be all over by the time they arrive.
    Therefore, I only need a person to come with a body bag, cause if it is a life threatening instance, I have full legal right to defend myself with any means necessary.
    I only need to cops to give tickets to morons who set off fireworks during a drought

    Then again, any politician who allows the sale of fireworks in a state experiencing red flag warnings, a drought, etc;, needs to be recalled and run out of town on a rail.

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