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NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS AND SAFETY TIPS
Enjoy Professional Fireworks Displays, Use Firecrackers With Caution
The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) reminds the public that Honolulu's new ordinance allows only firecrackers to be used. All other fireworks are now illegal for consumer use in
“We hope that people will respect the new
"The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the public displays conducted by trained professional on Oahu. If you do use firecrackers, please review these safety tips, follow the rules, and be considerate of your neighbors,” Silva added.
The following information is provided to help the public remain safe and enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebration and New Year’s Day holiday:
Firecrackers Safety Tips
· Use only 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 firecrackers use.
· Firecrackers should only be lighted 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 used to set up firecrackers at least ten feet away from power lines.
· Never shoot firecrackers in metal or glass containers.
· Have a garden hose or a bucket of water ready in the event of a fire.
· Alcohol and firecrackers do not mix.
· Always wear eye protection when lighting firecrackers.
· When lighting firecrackers, never position any part of your body over them.
· Never attempt to relight malfunctioning firecrackers.
· Store firecrackers in a cool, dry place.
· Never carry firecrackers in your pocket.
· Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
General Fireworks Prohibitions
It is unlawful for any person in
· Possess or use aerial fireworks unless the Fire Chief of the HFD issues a display permit per Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 132D.
· Transport fireworks in carry-on or checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.
· Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.
New Year’s Eve
The sale of firecrackers in the City and County of Honolulu began on
December 26, 2011, and ends at 12 midnight on December 31, 2011.
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.
A permit is required for the purchase of firecrackers on
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.
According to Chapter 132D, HRS, the use of aerial fireworks is prohibited unless the HFD's Fire Chief issues a display permit.
Oahu Fireworks Statistics
Import Licenses Issued
Retail Licenses Issued
Firecracker Permits Issued
Public Displays of Fireworks on
All firing times are approximate
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CONTACT: Fire Captain Terry Seelig, Public Information Officer, 808-723-7117
|Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 29, 2011|
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