Firework sales remain high in Lewiston despite recent regulations

Firework sales remain high in Lewiston despite recent regulations »Play Video
To play it safe, make sure to purchase your fireworks from local stands.
LEWISTON, ID - The City of Lewiston has cracked the whip on the use of fireworks by reminding the community that all fireworks, except common ones that stay on the ground, are illegal.

With the 4th of July just around the corner, many people are stocking up on fireworks.

"We've had a lot of grandparents come in and buying things for their grand-kids which is a lot of fun to see," said firework salesperson Veronica Hamilton.

"I'll purchase fireworks, like I said, it's fun, but it's better to do it responsibly when you actually know what you're doing," said Lewiston resident Micheal Keene.

Anything that goes up or blows up in the City of Lewiston is illegal. To play it safe, make sure to purchase your fireworks from local stands.

"I have crazy eyeballs which spin around and they're very fun and make lots of noise," said Hamilton. "The blue planet, which has assorted blue colors and does a chrysanthemum and crackles. Little turtles for the kids, they kind of wander around and shoot things out. Then they're a few fountains and a lot of smoke bombs - the boys all like smoke bombs, they come in bright colors. Sparklers of many varieties."

This is the first year the City of Lewiston has came down on the use and consumption of illegal fireworks and many people seem to agree with their decision.

"That's a good idea," said Lewiston resident Stacey Huff. "There's too many children that can get their hands on them, they like to play, you know how kids are. There's just too much danger, I don't want to see anybody get hurt and I don't want to see anyone lose houses or property. "

"Honestly, I don't think it's a bad thing that they're being kind of restricted.," said Keene. "We do have a big show that you can watch that the city puts on."

This year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday. There's still plenty of time to purchase legal fireworks that are just as fun.

"I know my kids still get a lot of joy out of lighting things on fire and making lots of smoke," sad firework salesperson Stephen Hamilton.

KLEW News wants to remind everyone that the Lewiston Police Department will have extra officers working throughout the 4th of July holiday period and will cite violators and confiscating illegal fireworks.