Up for discussion: Making sparklers and fountains legal again

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Aug 06 2014 03:04:45 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 06:31:10 AM HST

After fireworks were banned, many thought colorful sparklers and fountains were just fun traditions of the past. KITV4's Brenton Awa has more on what you can do to possibly bring them back.

HONOLULU -

Oahu's fireworks scene seems to be losing a little more boom every year. That's on purpose as the ban on most fireworks has kept many aerials out of the sky. On the ground, the options are slim, limiting residents to just one type of red firecrackers. Some kids are still getting use to playing with pop pops but say sparklers and fountains would be a lot better

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"Because we would have more fun and more joy," said Toby Nguyen, a Honolulu resident.

Sit tight, you might get another chance to use those types of fireworks. Honolulu City Council members are holding a public meeting to vote on a bill that allowing sparklers and fountains. The bill would require residents to buy a permit from the city before being able to purchase those fireworks. It would also let residents get a refund on unused permits. People we spoke with say "it's about time."

"Hopefully we can bring that back, I know they're trying to take it away but there's some stuff that we grew up doing every year. It's a tradition so hopefully they can bring that back," said Joe Silva, a Honolulu resident.

"I think it's wonderful that we should be allowed to use sparklers and fountains. As long as the kids are supervised by adults, it shouldn't hurt anyone," said Carole Vierra," a Honolulu resident.

The revised bill would limit the amount a permits a person can purchase to one per holiday. We're told the original bill was drafted to help keep families together during those events and keep a long time tradition alive.

"It brings joy to see their smiles and just to see that light because we can't do it everyday, so we look forward to that time when we can," said Silva.

"I just want it to pass. I think that it's unfair to a lot of the other kids that can't see the tradition that we were brought up with in the islands," said Vierra.

The public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at Honolulu Hale. That'll be in the committee meeting room. Whether the bill passes Tuesday, sparklers and fountains would still be illegal to use in this coming Fourth of July holiday because there's still a ways to go before the bill could become law and the deadline for retailers to get a permit to sell fireworks for the fourth has already passed.

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