Caldwell signs new fireworks restrictions into law

Ceremony at HFD headquarters courtyard
Ceremony at HFD headquarters courtyard

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill prohibiting most fireworks Tuesday afternoon.

The ceremony to approve Bill 34 took place at the Honolulu Fire Department headquarters courtyard at 2:30 p.m.

The bill will go into effect on Jan. 2, 2011 and prohibits consumer fireworks including sparklers, fountains, snakes, cones, torches, ground spinners, whistles and smoke devices.

The bill also prohibits most firecrackers, except by permit for specific days or uses by adults only. The permit fee is $25.

Permits will allow the use of up to 5,000 acceptable fireworks from 9:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve to 1:00 a.m. New Year's Day.

The same permit rule applies to Chinese New Year's Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Permits are also available for cultural uses and can only be used from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the day requested for use. Cultural uses include, but are not limited to births, deaths, weddings, grand openings, blessings and anniversaries.

We'll have more on this story, as well as reactions tonight on Hawaii News Now.

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