Honolulu City Council Votes to Ban Most Fireworks

September 24, 2010

The Honolulu City Council has passed a bill that would ban all consumer fireworks except small amounts of firecrackers on holidays and special circumstances.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell is expected to sign the measure in the next 10 working days.

The new law was approved by a 7-2 vote and takes effect Jan. 2. That gives Oahu residents one more year of New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics.

It would allow Oahu adults to purchase up to 5,000 firecrackers for every $25 firecracker permit they obtain from the city.

But everything from sparklers to so-called “paperless” firecrackers would be banned. Aerial fireworks are currently prohibited except for those holding commercial permits.

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