Heated testimony could be heard Tuesday on a bill that would legalize certain fireworks on Oahu. But, Honolulu City Council members could not come to an agreement and deferred Bill 5 again.
The amendment would have allowed sparklers and fountains to be used by permit holders, similar to the permits already in place for firecrackers.
Honolulu Fire Department officials argued against legalizing these novelty fireworks. They said since the ban in 2011, injuries and medical emergencies from smoke have dropped dramatically.
Those in support of the bill say the potential law infringes on cultural traditions.
"There's just something about the sparkles and the light and the fun of using it together. It's a better bonding experience," said TaraMarie Panoke, a supporter of Bill 5.
The city council has not released the date of when they will revisit the bill, but say council member Ikaika Anderson, who helped introduce the bill, will continue working with the HFD on a potential compromise.
In Maui, permits are not required for consumer fireworks. That includes sparklers, snakes and fountains that emit effects no higher than 12 feet off the ground.
County officials have announced that the sale of fireworks will begin Sunday.
Fireworks on Maui can only be set off from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4.