Christmas in the Nighttime Skies fireworks

Cousins Zane O’Toole, left, and Madi Trappen, both 8, watch the fireworks display Nov. 25, 2016, during the Christmas in the Nighttime Sky event at Kimberly Nurseries in Twin Falls, Idaho.

PAT SUTPHIN, TIMES-NEWS FILE

TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls County has been issuing fireworks permits for years, but commissioners recently discovered it isn’t the county’s responsibility.

“It turns out, the fire districts are supposed to do that now,” Commissioner Terry Kramer said.

Anyone in the county can apply for a fireworks permit to set of aerial fireworks legally — though “there’s a lot of illegal stuff that goes on,” Kramer said. The county hasn’t been charging for these permits, and it issues five or six a year for various events that are outside city limits, such as the Christmas in the Nighttime Skies event.

But when fire districts were created, and they coordinated to cover most of the county’s land, they were supposed to take over issuing the permits.

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“We didn’t realize that until recently,” Kramer said.

The fire districts are already in charge of controlled burn permits in the county, he said.

The County Commissioners will have a public hearing Tuesday on an ordinance transferring the fireworks permitting to the seven fire districts within the county. The hearing takes place at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ second-floor meeting room at 630 Addison Ave. W.

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