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Firecracker permit sales explode

The number of fireworks permits sold has gone way up from last year The number of fireworks permits sold has gone way up from last year
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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) – Oahu appears headed for a loud and smoky New Years' Eve. Almost 2,000 more permits for firecrackers were sold this year than last.

In 2009 8,050 permits were sold. Thursday afternoon, when the city stopped selling permits for the 2010 New Years celebration, 10,008 permits had been issued. Each $25 permit allows its holder to purchase strands of 5,000 fire crackers.

"We hope two things," said Honolulu Fire Captain Terry Seelig. "One, that people use them responsibly, and that means following the simple instructions and the safety tips we give them. And (two), keep to the designated hours."

Fireworks can only be used between 9 p.m. December 31st and 1 a.m. January 1st.

Confusion over a soon to be implemented city law contributed to the increase in permit sales.

As of January 2nd, 2011, most consumer fireworks will be banned on Oahu. Sparklers, fountains, snakes, and other ground-based fireworks will be illegal to possess and use. But firecrackers will still be available with the purchase of a $25 permit.

Some consumers told Hawaii News Now they thought firecrackers were also being outlawed so they purchased permits thinking this was their last chance to ever use firecrackers legally on Oahu.


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