HONOLULU - The Honolulu Fire Department issued 20,951 firecracker permits on Oahu this year.  The last day to purchase permits was on Thursday.

That's almost double the 10,922 firecracker permits sold in 2013.

The sale of firecrackers begin on Dec. 26 and ends at midnight on Dec. 31.  On Oahu, firecrackers may be used from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 through 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Individuals who purchase firecracker permits shall be reminded that a firecracker permit does not guarantee the availability of firecrackers for purchase, as firecracker inventories are determined by fireworks wholesalers and retailers.

According to Chapter 132D, HRS, the use of aerial fireworks is prohibited, unless the Fire Chief issues a display permit.

Firecracker Safety Tips

  • Only use approved firecrackers from a licensed retail outlet that posts its retail license.
  • Always read and follow warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer to ensure the safe handling and use of firecrackers.
  • Never point or throw firecrackers at a person, building, or animal.
  • Never ignite firecrackers indoors.
  • Ensure your outdoor area is safe for firecracker use.
  • Firecrackers should only be lit on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry vegetation, and flammable materials.
  • Do not string firecrackers on utility poles.
  • Keep ladders, poles, or tie lines that are used to set up firecrackers at least ten feet away from power lines.
  • Never ignite firecrackers in metal or glass containers.
  • Have a garden hose or a bucket of water ready in the event of a fire.
  • Firecrackers must not be used by persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Always wear eye protection when lighting firecrackers.
  • When lighting firecrackers, never position any part of your body over them.
  • Never attempt to reignite malfunctioning firecrackers.
  • Store firecrackers in a cool, dry place.
  • Never carry firecrackers in your pocket.
  • Never experiment with homemade firecrackers, as they are dangerous and illegal.

General Fireworks Prohibitions

It is unlawful for any person on Oahu to:

  • Throw ignited firecrackers at a person or an animal.
  • Throw ignited firecrackers from above the first floor of any building.
  • Throw ignited firecrackers from, at, or into a vehicle.
  • Ignite firecrackers on public ways, in parks, cane fields, or places of worship.
  • Ignite firecrackers on public beaches and in forest or wildlife preserves.
  • Ignite firecrackers in school buildings or on school grounds.
  • Ignite firecrackers within 1,000 feet of hospitals, health and elderly care facilities, and facilities that care for animals, including the zoo.
  • Ignite firecrackers within 500 feet from a hotel.
  • Offer for sale, sell, or give any firecrackers to minors.  Pursuant to Chapter 20,
  • Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH), it is illegal for minors to use firecrackers on Oahu, even with adult supervision.
  • Possess or use aerial fireworks, unless the Honolulu Fire Department's Fire Chief issues a display permit per Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 132D.
  • Transport firecrackers in carry-on or checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.
  • Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.