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Relatively mild New Year's celebrations; illegal fireworks an issue

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Overall, last night's celebrations were relatively mild.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to 78 calls, about half were fireworks related.

That's less activity in year's past, but firefighters say that doesn't mean there was less danger from legal and illegal explosives.

"That use of illegal fireworks, the ones that are considered the most dangerous, it seems like that's an incredible number. We're seeing it, everyone's seeing it. So that behavior to use something that's a real danger to yourself and the community."

The Honolulu Fire Department has been pushing for a full ban on all consumer fireworks.

They will back any measures in the legislature again this spring.

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