HFD: Only Firecrackers Are Legal

 UPDATED 11:07 PM HST Dec 28, 2011

The Honolulu Fire Department is reminding Oahu residents that only firecrackers are legal during the New Year's celebrations.

All other fireworks are now illegal for consumer use.

"We hope that people will respect the new Honolulu fireworks ordinance and the dangers of firecrackers," said Fire Chief Kenneth Silva. "While the number of fireworks-related injuries and fires on Oahu may not be as high as those nationwide, it is still too many for the public to suffer. We experience the same trends as other communities where consumer fireworks cause injuries (most often to children and teens) and fires on New Year?s Eve."

Silva says the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the public displays conducted by trained professionals on Oahu.

It is unlawful for any person in Honolulu to:

On Oahu, firecrackers may be set off, ignited, or discharged from 9 p.m. on December 31, 2011, until 1 a.m. on January 1, 2012.

The new Honolulu ordinance requires that firecracker permits be obtained no less than ten days before they are used.

Therefore, firecracker permits for the New Year?s Eve celebration are no longer available, as December 21 was the last day the public could purchase a firecracker permit.

The Honolulu Fire Department says 8,461 permits were issued this year compared with 10,008 permits in 2010.

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