Fire stations to accept illegal fireworks, no questions asked

Kenneth Silva
Kenneth Silva
Metal storage containers from the Honolulu Police Department bomb squad
Metal storage containers from the Honolulu Police Department bomb squad

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Illegal fireworks don't belong at home. And law enforcement officials on Oahu hope a new amnesty program will encourage residents to turn them in.

The list of illegal fireworks on Oahu became longer last January 2, when a new law took effect, allowing firecrackers -- and only firecrackers. And only with a permit.

Aerials are not allowed, along with fountains or even sparklers.

"If we understand that only firecrackers are legal, then it's a lot easier for the law enforcement community to get enforcement measures out there," said Honolulu Fire Chief Kenneth Silva. "If they see anything else besides firecrackers, obviously it's going to be illegal."

And if you have anything else besides firecrackers, officials want you to turn them in as part of the Honolulu Fireworks Amnesty Program. Starting this weekend and continuing over three more weekends, designated fire stations around the island will collect the fireworks, no questions asked.

The program also comes after last April's explosion at a Waikele storage bunker involving illegal fireworks, which killed four men.

"It's something that's important because especially with the Waikele incident, people realize how dangerous fireworks can be, especially if its stored at their residence," Chief Silva said.

The fireworks that are turned in will be put into metal storage containers from the Honolulu Police Department bomb squad. The police department then will dispose of the fireworks at an undisclosed location.

Officials said having fewer illegal fireworks in public will reduce the danger, especially during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

"Our hope is that we have no incidents related to fireworks, whether it's injuries to people, or damage to properties, because of illegal use or even the regular use of fireworks," Silva said.

While the law has changed on Oahu to allow only firecrackers, one part of the law hasn't changed: children are not allowed to use fireworks.

"Firecrackers used by anybody, even adults, is a dangerous activity. We don't want them being done by children," Silva said.

Fireworks will only be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., only at the following locations on these dates:

June 18-19    

  • Kapolei Fire Station, 2020 Lauwiliwili Avenue
  • Waianae Fire Station, 85-645 Farrington Highway
  • Waiau Fire Station, 98-1109 Komo Mai Drive
  • Waipahu Fire Station, 94-121 Leonui Street

June 25-26

  • Kahuku Fire Station, 56-460 Kamehameha Highway
  • Kailua Fire Station, 211 Kuulei Road
  • Kaneohe Fire Station, 45-910 Kamehameha Highway
  • Waimanalo Fire Station, 41-1301 Kalanianaole Highway

July 9-10

  • Mililani Mauka Fire Station, 95-1990 Meheula Parkway
  • Moanalua Fire Station, 2835 Ala Ilima
  • Sunset Beach Fire Station, 59-719 Kamehameha Highway
  • Wahiawa Fire Station, 640 California Avenue

July 16-17

  • Hawaii Kai Fire Station, 515 Lunalilo Home Road
  • Kakaako Fire Station, 555 Queen Street
  • Kalihi Kai Fire Station, 1334 Nimitz Highway
  • McCully-Moiliili Fire Station, 2425 Date Street

Fireworks may not be dropped off at nondesignated fire stations.

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