Firecrackers on sale for Independence Day

Published On: Jul 02 2013 02:35:44 PM HST   Updated On: Jul 02 2013 02:37:01 PM HST


Firecracker permits for the Independence Day holiday are no longer available on Oahu, as Honolulu’s fireworks ordinance requires permits be obtained no less than ten days before they are used.  For those with permits, firecrackers will be sold from Saturday, June 29, at 12:01 a.m. to Thursday, July 4, at 8 p.m.  They may be set off on July 4 between 1 and 9 p.m.

Firecrackers must be purchased from licensed retailers no more than five days prior to its use. Retail licenses shall be prominently displayed in public view and secured at the location for which the license has been issued.  Licensed retailers shall not sell more than 5,000 individual firecrackers per permit.

While firecracker permits for the Independence Day holiday are no longer available, consumers may obtain firecracker permits for the next holiday, which is New Year’s Eve, anytime this year until Friday, December 20, 2013.

According to Chapter 132D, HRS, the use of aerial fireworks is prohibited unless the HFD's Fire Chief issues a display permit.

General Fireworks Prohibitions

The Honolulu Fire Department says it is unlawful for any person in Honolulu to do the following:

  • 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, cane 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 care and elderly care facilities, and facilities for animal care, including the zoo.
  • Set off fireworks within 500 feet from a hotel.
  • Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors.  Honolulu’s fireworks ordinance makes it illegal for minors to use firecrackers in Honolulu, even with adult supervision.
  • Possess or use aerial fireworks unless the Fire Chief of the HFD issues a display permit per Chapter 132D, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS).
  • Transport fireworks in carry-on or checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.
  • Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.


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