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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Contact: Fire Captain Terry Seelig, Public Information Officer, 723-7117
Jesse Broder Van Dyke, 768-6928
Firecracker permits on sale through Friday, December 20
HONOLULU – Mayor Caldwell and the Honolulu Fire Department are reminding the public that firecracker permits are required for using firecrackers during the 2013 New Year’s Eve celebration and that permits are available now through Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
“Firecrackers are a big part of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Hawaii,” said Mayor Caldwell. “We want people to have fun and use them safely and legally, so they can enjoy the New Year. The deadline for getting a permit is Friday and I encourage everyone who plans on using firecrackers for New Year’s to come to a Satellite City Hall and obtain a permit.”
Honolulu’s fireworks ordinance requires that permits be obtained no less than ten days before they are used. For New Year’s Eve celebrations, firecrackers may be set off, ignited, or discharged from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013, until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014.
Each permit will allow the purchase of not more than 5,000 firecrackers from licensed retailers. Honolulu’s fireworks ordinance also requires that firecrackers be purchased from licensed retailers no more than five days prior to use. Firecrackers can be sold from Dec. 26, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. to 12 midnight on Dec. 31, 2013.
Only firecrackers that are purchased with a permit from licensed retailers are legal on Oahu. Other fireworks, including paperless firecrackers, fountains and sparklers, are illegal on Oahu.
Firecracker permits are $25 and may be obtained at Satellite City Halls. Please remember, Satellite City Halls are not open on Saturdays therefore Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 is the last day firecracker permits will be sold. Permits are not available at fire stations.
Last year 8,564 firecracker permits were issued and as of the close of business on Monday, Dec. 16, a total of 3,025 permits have been issued for 2013.