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Honolulu firefighters enjoy quiet Fourth of July

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:19 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2013

The Honolulu Fire Department said that there were no fireworks violations or reported fires that could be attributed to fireworks during the July 4 holiday.

The number of fireworks-related incidents has dropped dramatically since Oahu banned most fireworks in 2011.

Police officers issued two fireworks-related citations between July 2 and 5. The number of fireworks-related 911 calls decreased 19 percent from last year (76 this year compared to 94 last year).

On Oahu it is illegal to purchase or use fireworks such as fountains, sparklers and other novelty fireworks under fireworks ordinance that went into effect Jan. 2, 2011.

Firecrackers can still be purchased with a permit, but no one under 18 years old may use them, even with adult supervision.

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Forever_Grateful wrote:
hallelujah and thank God for that ban!!! It was a smoke free 4th of July and last New Year's was incredible - I am thankful for that ban as I didn't have to close all my windows and keep and inhaler handy.
on July 5,2013 | 11:22AM
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on July 5,2013 | 12:09PM
blkdrgn wrote:
Wow! You left Hawaii because of two days out of 365 a year for firework celebrations? I sure hope your smog doesn't affect you 365 days a year.
on July 5,2013 | 12:17PM
1local wrote:
hopefully the overtime has been cut out for the Fireworks less holidays.
on July 5,2013 | 01:47PM
allie wrote:
agree..the public displays are the way to go. Ban all individual fireworks though.
on July 5,2013 | 01:05PM
8082062424 wrote:
can not do that it a culture practice here you do not like it go back home
on July 5,2013 | 01:46PM
8082062424 wrote:
I do not know about that kalihi was booming with bombs last night. most locals will not waster fire works on the 4th. new years is our times.
on July 5,2013 | 11:27AM
blkdrgn wrote:
It was also the most un-patriotic 4th of July of all times. No personal fireworks and hardly any firework shows due to Furloughs. How pathetic that our country can't even celebrate fireworks on our own Birthday.
on July 5,2013 | 12:15PM
paradisetax wrote:
Blame Obama.
on July 5,2013 | 12:23PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I am not thankful for the ban. On Wednesday the Aloha Tower event was pathetic at best. I did not enjoy the traffic mess and crowds of people at Ala Moana on Thursday. It was much better when we could have our own display in our back yard with friends and family. This whole thing of going to a crowded place is no longer enjoyable. It is unfortunate that enough people moved here from the mainland and complained to result in this ban. It must be the newbies to Hawaii or it would have been banned back in the 60's...
on July 5,2013 | 12:24PM
allie wrote:
the ban stays hon..public health is at stake.
on July 5,2013 | 01:05PM
8082062424 wrote:
miss lolo the bad does not stop most of us all you cry babys need to go home
on July 5,2013 | 01:45PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
livinginhawaii is right. I laugh when people say I'm glad this is banned or that is banned. All this while the government feeds you hot dogs and apple pie, telling everyone that they are free. LOL. It is the sheep that willfully throw away their freedoms with all these bans. I no longer celebrate New Years or the 4th of July.
on July 5,2013 | 02:38PM
bender wrote:
Obviously the police in the Haleiwa area weren't paying attention. We had more aerials this 4th than on past 4ths and it was easy to see if you were anywhere in the neighborhoold of Paala Kai housing. I guess the supply of illegal fireworks is alive and well.
on July 6,2013 | 05:16AM
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