Fireworks sales start day after Christmas

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sunday will mark the start of fireworks sales around the state. And many are predicting a huge spike in sales on Oahu, where most varieties will be banned next year.

Oahu residents are being reminded that a permit is needed to legally set off firecrackers. The permits are available at any Satellite City Hal for a $25 fee, which is good for 5,000 firecrackers. Residents can buy more than one permit.

Fireworks can only be legally set off between the hours of 9 p.m. December 31 and 1 a.m. January 1.

More than 2.2 million pounds of fireworks were imported this year, way up from a year ago. many retailers reportedly doubled their orders. The Honolulu Fire Department discourages residents from using fireworks, and recommends watching professional shows instead.

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