By: Jacquelyn Tacotaco
Honolulu City Council members have deferred a decision to amend Oahu's fireworks ban to allow the use of certain sparklers and fountains.
The Committee on Public Safety and Economic Development allowed written and oral testimonies on Tuesday at Honolulu Hale to make their decision about the amendments.
"We've been doing [fireworks] for at least a quarter of a decade and I want to say longer than that, and to me, that's cultural significance right there," said TaraMarie Panoke, representing her petition, the "UnBan" Honolulu Fireworks Movement.
Representatives from the Honolulu Fire Department and Honolulu Police Department were also present to talk about injuries and safety concerns related to fireworks.
Council member Ikaika Anderson requested more statistics and reports about firework-related injuries, leading to the action being deferred.
The intent of Bill 5 is to amend the regulations of fireworks within the City and County of Honolulu to allow the use of certain sparklers and fountains with the purchase of a $25 permit.