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Personal fireworks banned in Crouch — but welcomed at nearby arena

Why, asks Boise’s fire chief, can we buy illegal fireworks when we can’t use them?

After 2,500 acres burned near Boise in summer 2016 due to use of illegal fireworks, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan wants to ban the sale of illegal fireworks in Idaho.
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After 2,500 acres burned near Boise in summer 2016 due to use of illegal fireworks, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan wants to ban the sale of illegal fireworks in Idaho.

A Garden Valley property owner is welcoming in folks who’d like to shoot off legal fireworks as part of Fourth of July festivities.

The town of Crouch will have a professional fireworks show at dusk on the Fourth — but it has banned the use of personal fireworks in most of the city.

Those observing the holiday in that part of Boise County who would like someplace to shoot off legal fireworks in a “family-friendly atmosphere” can go to the Youren Arena in Garden Valley, according to Boise County Sheriff James Kaczmarek. The arena is located at 10 Anderson Creek Road, near Weilmunster Park.

Cole Youren could not be reached to discuss details about the event. His friend Scott Leslie, involved in organizing the event, said parking near the arena will cost $5 and organizers will ask for another $5 donation for entry. The arena will open around 6 p.m., Leslie said.

Sheriff Kaczmarek said in a press release Wednesday that his department will be preserving the peace on the Fourth, with deputies strategically placed around the county. He said Idaho State Police would have additional personnel patrolling the highways.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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