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Firecracker permit holders have until 2 p.m.

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:57 p.m. HST, Dec 31, 2013

Anyone with an unused firecracker permit has until 2 p.m. to get to the Kalihi location of Aloha Vapor Co. or be out $25.

Fireworks vendor Archie Ahuna is the only retailer left with firecrackers for sale on New Year's Eve after an unanticipated surge of firecracker permits were issued by the city this season, catching sellers off-guard.

Jared Que, who works for Ahuna, said he and other workers needed to close up firecracker sales at 2 p.m. sharp because they will setting up the fireworks celebration at Kakaako Park that is expected to draw thousands tonight.

Que said it doesn't matter if people will still be in line for firecrackers because the Kakaako event is a higher priority for the company. He encouraged those who are left without firecrackers to attend the event instead.

The operation had been working out of a tent in front of Farrington High School, but was forced to close by state officials this morning. They received permission to relocate to the parking lot in front of the e-cigarette shop, which is in a strip mall behind the Kalihi Diner's Drive-In, a block away.

A steady stream of folks stood in line for up to half an hour late this morning.

Among them was Clifford Cooper, who drove to town from Waianae to make sure his four permits went to good use after he struck out at several retailers over the weekend. "I didn't think it was going to run out so fast."

Pauoa resident Lisa Kim, who also used four permits to buy four bundles of firecrackers, said the city should change its fireworks law so that a person with a permit can use it beyond the specified time so $25 isn't wasted. City officials say no refunds are allowed under the ordinance allowing the permits.

Kim also said the city should rethink the idea of allowing only firecrackers on New Year's, and should at least allow for the use of sparklers.

"For the kids," she said.

Firecrackers can be set off from 9 p.m. tonight until 1 a.m. tomorrow.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Anyone with a $25 permit has until 1:59 pm to get there and be ripped off. I hope this guy isn't scalping the public.
on December 31,2013 | 12:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well as with any event there are always stragglers and if it was me, I wouldn't go there and get ripped off. Let's just say the $25 or more just went to the fireman's party on Valentine's Day. Many people buy tickets for sporting events and don't show up. Those that REALLY wanted to burn fireworks probably were first in line, and next year it will be even moreso first come first serve.
on December 31,2013 | 12:25PM
FinzyKontini wrote:
How about NOT paying the $25, NOT playing with fireworks, and...BOOM...NOT getting ripped off by yourself!
on December 31,2013 | 12:35PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Thing about this registration fee is that I bet the City collects info such as name, address and phone number, though not social security number. A data analyst may enter those into a database to see who is buying and who are repeat buyers and all that. A loophole in this year's firecracker sales was that supply was short. Next year people may not purchase as many permits as this year, for fear of losing out on $25, $50, etc. We all know refunds are impossible because how can we prove we did not buy? Yes you are right, no buy, no worry, no play, just go holoholo.
on December 31,2013 | 03:35PM
paniolo wrote:
I no need buy fireworks or spend $25 for permits. I just look out my window and watch the illegal aerials light up the sky in Waipahu. It goes on all night, not like the one hour shows. No more smoke, no more rubbish.
on December 31,2013 | 12:49PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
sparklers are dangerous for the kids..they should be banned
on December 31,2013 | 02:29PM
jimbone wrote:
No need for permits, my shotgun will make plenty noise tonight..no smoke omitted..happy new year.
on December 31,2013 | 02:40PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u get one silensah?
on December 31,2013 | 03:37PM
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