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Police responding to warehouse alarm discover man allegedly selling illegal aerials

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Police arrested two men for illegally selling fireworks in separate incidents on Oahu yesterday.

Police responding to an alarm at a Mapunapuna warehouse arrested a 66-year-old Kahala man for allegedly trying to sell illegal aerial fireworks from a parked vehicle.

Police saw the man trying to hide something inside the vehicle on Kikowaena Place around 2:30 p.m. and allegedly discovered the illegal aerials.

Police arrested him for selling fireworks without a valid license, a felony, and for purchasing fireworks without a valid permit, a petty misdemeanor. He was released pending investigation.

Police also arrested a Kaneohe man, 30, for selling fireworks without a license at his home on Waikapoki Road at 6 p.m. yesterday.

He was also released pending investigation.

Under state law, it is a felony to import, store, or offer to sell "aerial devices, display fireworks, articles pyrotechnic, or consumer fireworks" without a valid license.

It is also illegal to possess such objects without a a valid license to import, store or sell, or a valid display permit.

Police Chief Louis Kealoha said earlier this month that there would be stepped-up patrol and plain-clothes officers leading up to and on New Year’s Eve to crack down on fireworks violators.

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