New Bill could mean the return of some FireworksUPDATED 6:55 PM HST Jun 23, 2014Video Transcript
To "red glare" or not to "red glare"... Oahu's firecracker debate gets a fresh look starting tomorrow ... KITV4's Brenton Awa shows us what's becoming a hot topic ...just as the 4th of July approaches.. Oahu's fireworks scene seems to lose a little more boom every year. That's on purpose.. The ban on most fireworks has kept many aerials out of the sky... On the ground -- the options are slim -- limiting residents to this type of red firecrackers... Some kids are still getting use to playing with 226 "POP POPS." ...But say sparklers and fountains would be a lot better 233 "BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE MORE FUN AND MORE JOY." Sit tight. You might get another chance. Honolulu City Council members are holding a public meeting to vote on a bill that allowing sparklers and fountains.. The bill would require residents to buy a permit from the city before being able to purchase those fireworks. It would also let residents get a refund on un-used permits. People we spoke with today say "it's about time." :11 - :21 "HOPEFULLY WE CAN BRING THAT BACK, I KNOW THEY'RE TRYING TO TAKE IT AWAY BUT THERE'S SOME STUFF THAT WE GREW UP DOING EVERY YEAR A TRADITION SO HOPEFULLY THEY CAN BRING THAT BACK." 330 - 340 "I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL THAT WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE SPARKLERS AND FOUNTAINS. AS LONG AS THE KIDS ARE SUPERVISED BY ADULTS, IT SHOULDN'T HURT ANYONE." The revised bill would limit the amount a permits a person can purchase to one per holiday. We're told the original bill was drafted to help keep families together during those events -- and a long-time tradition alive. 101 - 110 - Joe "IT BRINGS JOY TO SEE THEIR SMILES AND JUST TO SEE THAT LIGHT BECAUSE WE CAN'T DO IT EVERYDAY SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT TIME WHEN WE CAN." 412 - Carole "I JUST WANT IT TO PASS, I THINK THAT IT'S UNFARE TO A LOT OF THE OTHER KIDS THAT CAN'T SEE THE TRADITION THAT WE WERE BROUGHT UP WITH IN THE ISLANDS." The public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9 at Honolulu Hale. That'll be in the committee meeting room. Whether or not the bill passes tomorrow -- sparklers and fountains would still be illegal to use in this coming fourth of July holiday because one -- there's still a ways to go before the bill could become law... And two -- the deadline for retailers to get a permit to sell fireworks for the fourth has already passed.