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Kaneohe residents are warned of more smoke and explosions

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:48 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2012

Kaneohe residents may see a wall of fire and smoke and hear simulated artillery explosions from the runway Saturday and again Sept. 28  in preperation for the Navy’s Blue Angels Kaneohe Bay Air Show “Wall of Fire” pyrotechnics display later this month.

The short fireworks rehearsals will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sept. 28.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii received approval from the state Department of Health to conduct special-effects displays to simulate bomb blasts and fires during rehearsals and when the Blue Angels and other high-flying acts take to the air over the Kaneohe base Sept. 29-30.

The rehearsals at Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay will be conducted under controlled conditions with demolitions experts and safety personnel on hand including aircraft rescue and firefighting, military police, airfield safety and explosive ordnance disposal, Marine officials said.

A similar five-minute pyrotechnics rehearsal Saturday rattled windows and a few nerves.

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