Lingle signs bill allowing Hawaii counties to ban fireworks

Lingle signs bill allowing Hawaii counties to ban fireworks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Linda Lingle has signed legislation that would allow Hawaii's four counties to limit or ban legal fireworks. Her decision on SB 1059 was announced Tuesday.

State law will continue to allow consumer fireworks on New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and July 4. Aerials and other dangerous explosives are illegal except in permitted professional displays. Under the new law, counties are allowed to go farther and ban or limit legal fireworks sales in their jurisdictions.

The fireworks legislation will also create a task force to identify ways to keep illegal explosives out of the state. It will put together a report on the importing of fireworks and present it to the legislature in January.

Complaints about loud, smoky and dangerous fireworks displays have increased in recent years. Two young children were severely burned last New Year's Eve while playing with fireworks on the bed of a pickup truck on Maui.

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