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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 6, 2012

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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