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More firecracker permits issued than last year, HFD says

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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Fireworks above downtown Honolulu during New Year’s 2017 celebrations.

More firecrackers will likely be popping this New Year’s Eve than in the past five years.

The Honolulu Fire Department reported a total of 20,951 firecracker permits were issued on Oahu this year, 3,800 more than last year.

Consumers are required to have a permit to purchase firecrackers on Oahu — and only from licensed retailers no earlier than five days prior to use. The last day to purchase the permits was Thursday.

Individuals with firecracker permits, however, are not necessarily guaranteed the availability of fircrackers for purchase from retailers and wholesalers.

The sale of firecrackers within the city and county of Honolulu begins Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, and ends at midnight on New Year’s eve, Dec. 31, 2017.

All other fireworks are illegal for consumer use on Oahu.

The number of firecracker permits issued has been on a steady increase — with 10,922 in 2013; 11,144 in 2014; a total of 13,811 in 2015; and 17,151 in 2016.

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