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Council committee defers fireworks bill — for now

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:12 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2014


A bill allowing Oahu residents to once again set off sparklers and other novelty fireworks legally to ring New Year's Day and the Fourth of July was deferred by the City Council Public Safety and Economic Development Committee Tuesday due to technical reasons.

Council Public Safety Chairwoman Carol Fukunaga said she expects discussion on the bill to continue at next month's committee meeting after language concerns with the bill are addressed.

Bill 5, introduced by Council members Ikaika Anderson and Ann Kobayashi, allows Oahu adults to buy a limited amount of sparklers and other novelty fireworks if they obtain $25 permits from the city. 

As with the existing permits governing common firecrackers, there would be no limit to the number of permits purchased.

Sparklers, fountains and other novelties have been banned since the 2012 New Year's celebration.







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gsc wrote:
What about refunds for permits not used ????
on February 25,2014 | 03:00PM
localguy wrote:
Exactly. Refund any permits when fireworks run out. Then again, these are some of the same bureaucrats who didn't have a clue how many recycled containers were in a pound, forgetting they are not of the same weight. Our elected bureaucrats all failed math, economics, and finance courses, unprepared to do their jobs.
on February 25,2014 | 07:23PM
hawaiiwalter wrote:
Please don't let them bring back that crap. Why don't those people in favor of this give that money to the poor and homeless.
on February 25,2014 | 03:24PM
Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
This state is a joke. They ban fireworks and now they can turn a profit they will un-ban them. SMFH
on February 25,2014 | 05:35PM
username_required wrote:
Thinking the same thing here. Caldwell should ban garbage, then later on that week acquiesce and charge $10/month for service. So we all feel like winners.
on February 25,2014 | 09:21PM
Skyler wrote:
Good. Keep the ban & fix the permit bungling. I really hate fireworks smoke but selling permits - even if fireworks are pau for the season, is nothing but a 'tax grab' and it's not right. If you grant a permit & no fireworks are available, it should be redeemable the following fireworks season.
on February 25,2014 | 09:53PM
HPOWER wrote:
Just charge a fireworks sin tax at the time of sales. For instance a 50% sales tax. If you purchase $100 worth, you will be pay $50 in fireworks tax. This would minimize supporting agency (HFD) support for permit distribution. Wouldn't we all agreed if you have money to purchase fireworks, you have money to burn.
on February 26,2014 | 03:10AM
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