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Fire stations collect 8 tons of fireworks under amnesty program

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:54 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2011

Nearly 10,000 pounds of fireworks was collected over the weekend, during the Honolulu Fire Department's final amnesty day when people could turn in unwanted and illegal fireworks without penalty.  

Assorted fireworks totaling 9,350 pounds were turned in at four fire stations on Saturday and Sunday, bringing the four-weekend total to about eight tons of contraband fireworks. The fireworks will be taken to an undisclosed location for disposal.

"We're pleased that so many people took advantage of the amnesty program to turn in more than 16,000 pounds of fireworks that are now illegal," police Chief Louis Kealoha said. "We thank the public and the Honolulu Fire Department for making the program a success."  

As of Jan. 2 all fireworks are banned on Oahu, with the exception of firecrackers with a valid permit.  

No future amnesty dates are scheduled.  

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