- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - In a story July 3 about fireworks in Idaho, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan was calling to ban the sale of fireworks in Idaho. Doan wants to close a loophole in state law that allows the sale of illegal fireworks in Idaho.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Boise fire chief calls for change to Idaho fireworks laws

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan is calling for lawmakers to ban the sale of illegal fireworks in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan is calling for lawmakers to ban the sale of illegal fireworks in Idaho.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/29j3H00) that fireworks have sparked more than 350 fires in Idaho between 1992 and 2013, burning a total of more than 40 square miles, though aerial fireworks are illegal to use in the state.

Aerial fireworks - those that shoot into the air and explode - are illegal to use anywhere in Idaho, but retailers are not prohibited from selling them. Non-aerial fireworks - those that do not leave the ground or emit sparks more than 20 feet - are legal to use, unless county or city ordinances state otherwise.

Doan says the loophole sends a mixed message and tacitly endorses fireworks. He plans to ask the Southwest Idaho Fire Chiefs board to back him as he petitions lawmakers for the change.

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