The City of Twin Falls and the State of Idaho have restrictions on the types of fireworks that are considered to be legal.
Legal vs. Illegal
Permissible (legal) fireworks include items categorized as “Safe and Sane” such as sparklers, fountains, smoke balls, items with crackle and strobe effects, wheels and spinners, and various novelty items. These types of fireworks are allowed to be sold (with Safe and Sane fireworks permit only) and used within the city limits
Non-permissible (illegal) fireworks are those which explode and/or leave the ground, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman Candles, aerials, missiles, and other similar items. These items are not permissible for either sale, possession or use within the City of Twin Falls, with the exception of commercial-grade pyrotechnics used by licensed and permitted pyrotechnics technicians for public and private displays. Permits for these displays must be obtained from the City of Twin Falls.
Fireworks present a serious risk of causing accidental fire, injuries, and even death. Because of the extreme risks that fireworks pose, there are legal restrictions placed on the sale, possession, and use of fireworks. Keep in mind that all types of fireworks can be dangerous, including those types which are considered to be permissible.
Recent statistics show that 9,000 to 12,000 people are treated in hospitals each year in the U.S. for fireworks-related injuries. About half of these injuries occur to children under the age of 15. Nearly 40% of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by permissible-type fireworks, such as sparklers, fountains, and novelty items. Illegal fireworks can be even more dangerous and account for over 60% of fireworks-related injuries each year.
In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
To avoid the risks of fire and injury that are associated with the use of consumer fireworks, citizens are encouraged to enjoy the city sponsored and permitted annual fireworks display, Twin Falls annual Fourth of July fireworks. The event is free to attend and will take place at the College of Southern Idaho from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. For safety reasons, there will be some restricted access areas for this event, so be sure to observe and obey posted signs and barriers.
If you do choose to purchase and use consumer fireworks, be sure to follow these safety precautions:
- Only purchase and use fireworks that are permissible in your area.
- Read the labels for proper use and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Do not allow children to possess or use fireworks or novelty items without direct adult supervision.
- Only use fireworks in a safe area that is clear of combustible materials.
- Have a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby at all times.
- Ensure that all spectators are a safe distance away from fireworks.
- Be courteous and sensitive to the effects of the use of fireworks to your neighbors and pets.
Fireworks may be fun for humans but the loud noises and flashing lights of holiday fireworks spell terror to many dogs. Animal shelters see a huge number of lost dogs in the days following fireworks displays or usage. To ensure the safety of your pet:
- Make sure their tags are up to date
- Keep them inside the evening of the 4th of July
- Leave a TV or radio on in their room
- Never leave them alone in your vehicle
- Call the Magic Valley Humane Society if they are missing at (208) 736-2299.
City of Twin Falls Fireworks Regulations
All aerial fireworks are strictly prohibited in the City of Twin Falls. In Twin Falls, Safe and Sane non-aerial fireworks, such as cone fountains, battle tanks, spinners, and pinwheels are allowed to be used each year only on June 23 through July 5 and December 26 through January 1 between the hours of 8 A.M. to 12 A.M. midnight. Use of any of these fireworks outside of these dates and times can result in civil penalties of up to $156.50 per offense. Please be advised that all illegal fireworks will be subject to seizure and destruction. Twin Falls City Code 6-9-1
Although fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season, they can be dangerous when used improperly; causing serious burns and eye injuries along with potential fire hazards.
If fireworks leave the ground or explode, they are illegal. Please call the Twin Falls Police Department at 311 or non-emergency (208) 735-4357.