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Firecracker permits on the rise this year

A $25 permit allows purchase of 5,000 explosive devices

By Leila Fujimori


Oahu residents with a penchant for pyrotechnics might set off more firecrackers this New Year's Eve than last if fireworks permit sales are any indication.

"It looks like the pace is going to exceed last year," Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said Monday of permit sales. "We're prepared. We have enough permits printed up."

As of Monday, 2,495 permits had been sold, compared with 2,040 permits sold at that date a year ago.

Overall, the city sold 8,656 firecracker permits for New Year's Eve 2011 and 10,008 in 2010.

Friday is the last day to buy fireworks permits, which cost $25 each. A permit allows a person to buy up to 5,000 firecrackers. There is no limit on the number of permits a person can buy. Permits are available at all satellite city halls.

Last year was the first New Year's Eve under a new Oahu ban on all fireworks except for firecrackers. Fountains, sparklers and other novelty fireworks are no longer legal.

"The HPD reminds the public that only firecrackers with permits are allowed, and all other fireworks are illegal," police said in a news release. "Officers will be conducting enforcement and may ask to see permits. Violators will be subject to citation or arrest."

Firecrackers go on sale Dec. 26 and can be sold until midnight Dec. 31.

They may be used from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

No one under 18 may use firecrackers, even with adult supervision.

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bender wrote:
Haha. They're setting off aerials in Haleiwa and Waialua. Not as many as in the past but still pretty often. So I'm wondering how HPD is going to deal with them or will they only go after people setting off firecrackers without a permit. Probably none of the above.
on December 20,2012 | 05:08AM
8082062424 wrote:
black list has been out a while. The prices are up a little but not that bad. most users stocked up in 2010. they even have those evil sparklers on the list. lol
on December 20,2012 | 05:57AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ban assault firecrackers. For the keiki.
on December 20,2012 | 09:05AM
kainalu wrote:
Worst holiday of the year for us - fearful of leaving our home unattended with all the illegal fireworks that go on in our neighborhood. Essentially, hostages on what should be a night to celebrate. I roll out the hoses so they're at the ready, have a ladder set up to my roof for checks every once in a while. It never fails, I ALWAYS find at least one spent shell somewhere on our property, including our roof. Unfortunately, we have a gathering at our house every New Year's Day, more than likely hosting the event with only an hour or two of sleep, as the illegal fireworks continue well into the following morning.
on December 20,2012 | 11:46AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
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on December 20,2012 | 11:55AM
8082062424 wrote:
My tutu 80 years old every new years she enjoys the fire works. At midnight she wet a paper towel put it over her nose and go out to see the new year in thank god for letting her see another year. All the kupuna's in our neighbourhood do the same. so a lot of them enjoy it and look forward to it. it something they have enjoyed from childhood now they enjoy the grand kids and great grand kids enjoying it
on December 20,2012 | 05:56PM
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