Most fireworks now banned

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Honolulu Fire Department
News Release

HONOLULU — Oahu’s new ban on consumer fireworks took effect Jan. 2, designating all fireworks as illegal, except standard firecrackers.

Now only common firecrackers are allowed for those who obtain a permit from the city for this Fourth of July, the first major holiday impacted by the new law.

All other fireworks, including sparklers and fountains, are no longer legal. The law says anyone caught selling, possessing or using such fireworks could be subject to up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

The Honolulu Fire Department and the Honolulu Police Department created the Honolulu Fireworks Amnesty Program to allow the public to safely drop off unwanted and illegal fireworks for disposal at designated fire stations — without fear of legal ramifications — and to reduce fireworks-related accidents and fires.

Between June 18-26 and July 9-17, four fire stations are serving as designated drop-off sites, each weekend, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fireworks may not be dropped off at non-designated fire stations.

Acceptable items include firecrackers of all sizes, cracker balls, fountains, sparklers, smoke balls, toy snakes, ground spinners, pinwheels, fireballs, toy trick noise makers, toy smoke devices, aerial shells, aerial tubes, Roman candles and skyrockets.

Explosives and contrabands, including guns and ammunition, will not be accepted.

The public should use the closest fire station. No questions will be asked, no names will be taken and proper authorities will dispose of all items.

Proper disposal and adherence to the island’s fireworks prohibition is important. Nationwide, thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks on Independence Day, and more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Residents are urged to attend professional Independence Day celebrations, such as the Fourth of July Spectacular on Sills Field, Schofield Barracks.

Under the new law, off-post permits for firecrackers must be obtained no later than 10 days before the holiday. Those permits can be purchased at satellite city halls, where residents can obtain multiple permits.

Fireworks Amnesty Program schedule

June 18-19

•Kapolei Fire Station, 2020 Lauwiliwili Ave.

•Waianae Fire Station, 85-645 Farrington Hwy.

•Waiau Fire Station, 98-1109 Komo Mai Drive

•Waipahu Fire Station, 94-121 Leonui St.

June 25-26

•Kahuku Fire Station,

56-460 Kamehameha Hwy.

•Kailua Fire Station, 211 Kuulei Road

•Kaneohe Fire Station,

45-910 Kamehameha Hwy.

•Waimanalo Fire Station,

41-1301 Kalanianaole Hwy.

July 9-10

•Mililani Mauka Fire Station,

95-1990 Meheula Pkwy.

•Moanalua Fire Station, 2835 Ala Ilima St.

•Sunset Beach Fire Station,

59-719 Kamehameha Hwy.

•Wahiawa Fire Station, 640 California Ave.

July 16-17

•Hawaii Kai Fire Station,

515 Lunalilo Home Road

•Kakaako Fire Station, 555 Queen St.

•Kalihi Kai Fire Station, 1334 Nimitz Hwy.

•McCully-Moiliili Fire Station, 2425 Date St.

Fireworks display, safety

Fourth of July and fireworks go together like hot dogs and summer time. Though professional fireworks displays can be spectacular, crowds must be “fireworks smart” and use caution.

The following sources can answer your questions about professional fireworks:

•At the Schofield Barrack’s Fourth of July Spectacular:

Before the event, call USAG-HI’s Directorate of Installation Safety at 655-5369. During the event, military police will be patrolling the area, and they will be available at the MP tent.

Visit www.mwrarmyhawaii.com or call 655-0111/2 for event information.

•At off-post public fireworks events:

Call the Honolulu Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at 723-7162.

•About fireworks safety:

Visit the National Council on Fireworks Safety at www.fireworksafety.com.

(Editor’s Note: Information was compiled from Honolulu.gov.)

 

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