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Honolulu's first response agencies wish all a happy and safe holiday season

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Twas the night before Christmas as shopping panic set in to the rescue with last-minute gift ideas was fire chief Ken.

The heads of Honolulu's first response agencies joined the mayor in wishing Oahu residents a happy and safe Christmas and New Year's.

Once again, a big concern is the use of fireworks.

The Fire Department says last season, between December 30 and January 1, it responded to 26 fires caused by fireworks. While that was down from the 33 fireworks-related fires during the same period the year before, the threat of having injuries or death from fireworks and also property damage is always on the Fire Department's mind.

Still a week away from New Year's Eve, fireworks enthusiasts aren't holding back. Police say they've been receiving about 30 fireworks calls per day since Thanksgiving.

Police and fire officials say they've been working with state and federal agencies, as well as shipping companies, to better track illegal aerial fireworks coming into Oahu. The mayor says everyone has a role in keeping our community safe during the holidays.

And permit sales for fireworks are ahead of last year's pace.

HFD says as of close of business Wednesday there were 24,000 permits sold on Oahu. Last year the number was just under two thousand.

You can buy permits right up until New Year's Eve.

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