Bill to extend expired firecracker permits delayed

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Jan 17 2014 01:27:41 PM HST

HONOLULU -

A City Council resolution that would allow residents to extend the use of expired firecracker permits has been delayed for now.

The problem arose after residents complained they couldn't use their permits since vendors ran out of firecrackers right before New Year's Eve.

Honolulu fire officials testified before the city's budget committee on Friday saying it needs more time to determine whether it would be legal for the department to extend or even refund permits.

"It's a priority for us," said Honolulu Fire Department Assistant Chief Socrates Bratakos.  "We have to consult with Corporation Counsel, get recommendations and then talk to the fire chief and then inform the city council and public as well."

The city sold approximately 11,000 firecracker permits before New Year's Eve.  Each permit cost $25.

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