HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council passed a bill Wednesday that calls for a partial ban on consumer fireworks. Opponents and supporters argued for and against tighter controls on fireworks on Oahu.
Discussion started at about noon and went on for hours. On the table was a bill to partially ban fireworks on Oahu. Bill 34 lets adults who purchase a $25 permit buy up to 5,000 firecrackers. It stops short of an all-out ban, but it does outlaw sparklers and paperless firecrackers.
"This compromise should go a long way toward a sane and safe fireworks policy. I urge you please, do the right thing" said Mililani resident Ann Freed.
"I can tell you these illegal fireworks dealers are licking their chops right now hoping that you ban everything, because that's going to open up a bigger market for them" Larry Lomaz of Pacific Fireworks told the council.
The vote was 7-2 in favor of the partial ban. Council members Tam and Cachola voted against the bill.
The measure allows people with a $25 permit to purchase up to 5,000 firecrackers on New Year's Eve, the Fourth of July, Chinese New Years, and during certain cultural celebrations and family events.
If acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell signs the bill, it would take effect on January 2, 2011.