Firecrackers go on sale for those with permits

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sales of firecrackers to those who had obtained special permits from Honolulu Satellite City Halls began on Wednesday.

At the close of business on December 21, the last day to obtain them, the Honolulu Fire Department said that 8,564 firecracker permits had been issued. 8,656 were issued in 2011.

Firecrackers can be sold until midnight on New Year's Eve and may be set off from 9 p.m. on December 31, 2012 until 1 a.m. on January 1, 2013.

No one under 18 may use firecrackers, even with adult supervision

The Honolulu Fire Department has issued a list safety tips for anyone planning on setting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve:

Firecrackers Safety Tips

  • Use only approved firecrackers from a licensed retail outlet that posts its retail license.
  • Always read and follow warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer to ensure the safe handling and use of firecrackers.
  • Never point or throw firecrackers at a person, building, or animal.
  • Never ignite firecrackers indoors.  Ensure your outdoor area is safe for firecrackers use.
  • Firecrackers should only be lighted on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry vegetation, and flammable materials.
  • Do not string firecrackers on utility poles.
  • Keep ladders, poles, or tie lines used to set up firecrackers at least ten feet away from power lines.
  • Never shoot firecrackers in metal or glass containers.
  • Have a garden hose or a bucket of water ready in the event of a fire.
  • Alcohol and firecrackers do not mix.
  • Always wear eye protection when lighting firecrackers.
  • When lighting firecrackers, never position any part of your body over them.
  • Never attempt to relight malfunctioning firecrackers.
  • Store firecrackers in a cool, dry place.
  • Never carry firecrackers in your pocket.
  • Never experiment with homemade fireworks.  They are dangerous and illegal.

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