While fireworks are a popular and fun display of patriotism, they should always be handled with safety and courtesy for individuals and property in mind.

Idaho Falls Fire Department Wild Land Firefighting

Firework Safety

  • Never light fireworks inside a structure.
  • Always point fireworks away from people and structures. Keep fireworks away from brush, leaves and other flammable materials. 
  • Maintain a minimum 40 foot clear space when lighting fireworks. Stand several feet away once lit. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it; put it out with water and dispose of it when it is completely cool to the touch.
  • Always have a bucket of water, hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • Completely submerge spent fireworks in a bucket of water and allow them to soak overnight. Never place spent fireworks in a plastic garbage can or near a structure or other flammable material.
  • Closely supervise children around fireworks. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Children must be at least 16 years of age to light fireworks. Sparklers may seem harmless, but can cause severe injuries as they burn at about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. 
  • If someone is injured by fireworks, seek medical attention immediately.

City Code

  • Safe and sane fireworks may only be purchased within city limits between June 23 and July 5.
  • The Fire Marshal has the authority to approve or disapprove of aerial firework display permits for various community events involving pyrotechnics.
  • Please be courteous of others. Residents may be cited for disturbing the peace if they are found to be causing a disturbance in neighborhoods because of fireworks. 
  • Prior to purchasing fireworks, learn more about illegal or banned fireworks inside city limits by reviewing the city code.
  • Review the Fireworks State of Idaho statute by clicking HERE.  

For additional information about fireworks, please contact our Fire Prevention/Investigation Division at (208) 612-8497, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.