Firecrackers now on sale; all other fireworks illegal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firecrackers are now on sale in Oahu stores, but only for people who already purchased firecracker permits.

The deadline to purchase permits was last week Friday, December 20.

Firecrackers can only be set off on Oahu between 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.  No one under 18 may use firecrackers, even with adult supervision.

All other fireworks, including paperless firecrackers, fountains and sparklers are all illegal on Oahu.

These safety tips come from the Honolulu Fire Department:

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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