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Firecracker permit sales down in 2012

Published On: Dec 26 2012 10:31:00 AM HST

Permit-holders begin buying firecrackers and fireworks.

HONOLULU -

The Honolulu Fire Department says firecracker permits for New Year's Eve in 2012 were down by nearly 100 from the previous year.

As of the close of business on Dec. 21, the deadline for firecracker permits, there were 8,564 permits sold.  There were 8,656 permits sold for New Year's Eve in 2011.

Firecrackers go on sale Dec. 26 and can be sold until midnight Dec. 31.

Firecrackers may be set off from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

No one under 18 may use firecrackers, even with adult supervision.

If you do use firecrackers, follow the rules, be considerate of your neighbors, and review the following 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.

It is unlawful for any person in Honolulu to do the following, according to the Honolulu Fire Department:

  • Throw ignited fireworks at a person or an animal.
  • Throw ignited fireworks from above the first floor of any building.
  • Throw ignited fireworks from, at, or into a vehicle.
  • Set off fireworks on public ways, in parks, open fields, or places of worship.
  • Set off fireworks on public beaches or in forest or wildlife preserves.
  • Set off fireworks in school buildings or on school grounds.
  • Set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of hospitals, health and elderly care facilities, and facilities for the care of animals, including the zoo.
  • Set off fireworks within 500 feet from a hotel.
  • Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors.  Honolulu's new ordinance makes it illegal for minors to use firecrackers on Oahu, even with adult supervision.
  • 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.

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