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The Idaho Falls Fire Department responded to their first fireworks-related call last night which could have been much worse if it weren’t for the fast response time of Station 2.
Firefighters were dispatched at approximately 10:40 p.m. on June 24 to a field fire near the intersection of N Eve Drive and N Adam Drive. The reporting person stated that the flames were 6 to 8 feet tall, were approaching a tree and had extended to a fence and shed.
When firefighters arrived the fire had burned about 500 square feet of grass on the canal bank.The fire extended to a small tin shed and burned some of the contents inside the shed. Engine 2 was able to get fire control within two minutes after arrival, keeping it from a mobile home that was about 30 feet away.
The fire was caused by fireworks. Damages were estimated at approximately $2,000. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.
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.
Every year, the Idaho Falls Fire Department responds to multiple fires due to improper use of fireworks, including the 2016 Henry’s Creek Fire which was the largest fire recorded in Bonneville County history.
Photo Credit: Fireworks Display, Sherri Barnes. Wild Land Fire, IFFD stock image.
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