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Ala Moana fireworks started early; other fireworks complaints down from 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:57 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2012

 2010 July 04_ HLF Ala Moana 24_ 4th of July Spectacular at Ala Moana Center. Fireworks and entertainment on the upper parking deck of the Center. CTY_ During the fireworks show. Honolulu Star Bulletin photo by FL Morris

If the timing for Wednesday night’s Ala Moana Center fireworks display seemed a little off, it’s because the fireworks started early.

The fireworks were supposed to start at 8:30 p.m. but a “miscue” by the fireworks provider caused the show to start a few minutes before the scheduled time, Ala Moana Center officials said.

Meanwhile, Honolulu police said complaints about fireworks elsewhere on Oahu continued to drop since a fireworks ban took effect.

Police said they saw a 14 percent drop in fireworks-related complaints during Fourth of July celebrations this year.

Between July 2 and July 5, police received 76 complaints, compared to 94 last year, when the Fourth of July was on a Monday.

Police made four fireworks-related arrests, two adults and two juveniles, between July 2 and July 5. 

Police did not immediately have the number of fireworks-related arrests made in 2011.

Last year’s Fourth of July celebration was the first under Oahu’s fireworks ban, which went into effect on Jan. 2, 2011. Oahu residents may buy and use only firecrackers purchased with a city permit. Sparklers, fountains and other types of fireworks are banned on Oahu.

Last year saw a 76 percent drop in fireworks calls. In 2010, before the ban, police received 387 fireworks complaints.

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kainalu wrote:
There was only ONE GUY shooting off fireworks in a radius of 25-houses in any direction from mine. And the reason there's a ban now, he couldn't stay within the parameters of the law - popping well past 10 PM. Apparently, he bought all 28-permits considering the amount of fireworks he popped. Unfortunately, it was the loser that lives next door to me. I could hear a sporadic pop here and there off in the distance. Less the ignorant living next to me, it would have been a BEAUTIFUL 4th OF JULY!
on July 6,2012 | 03:03PM
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