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Fireworks wholesaler moving product by the pallet

An operator moves a pallet An operator moves a pallet
Larry Lomaz Larry Lomaz
Darcy Taisacan Darcy Taisacan
Kevin Medeiros Kevin Medeiros
Robin Dapar Robin Dapar

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the International Express warehouse, forklifts fueled a frenzy. Wholesaler Pacific Fireworks will move 200,000 pounds of product this year.

"I think there will be some panic buying," owner Larry Lomaz said.

Lomaz said retailers doubled their orders, anticipating a run on fireworks that will be banned on Oahu after the first of the year.

"I would have to say conservatively you're going to have 100,000 people putting product away for next year," Lomaz said.

The Iwilei Kmart received a container from its supplier packed with sparklers, fountains and paperless fireworks - stuff the ban will outlaw.

This year the store ordered fifty percent more fireworks merchandise. It starts selling Sunday morning at 6 a.m.

"Will there be lines in the front? Very likely. I can anticipate almost a Black Friday for just the fireworks," store manager Darcy Taisacan said.

"I think the whole island is going to be going off this year," customer Kevin Medeiros said.

Some anticipate a pre-ban blowout on Oahu.

But others feel next year people will find a way to find the fireworks they want.

"I don't think in my neighborhood they really care if there's a ban or not, I think they'll just do what they want to do," ban supporter Robin Dapar said.

"Prohibition didn't work for alcohol. It's not going to work for fireworks. We all know that," Lomaz said.

He said outlawing novelty fireworks could drive that product to the black market.

"A box of sparklers that costs $2.00 at a discount store could be sold on the streets for $20 next year," he said.

This may be the last year Pacific Fireworks does business in Hawaii.

Eighty percent of the product it sells on Oahu will be illegal when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Day.

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