Company applies to dispose of Waianae fireworks

Company applies to dispose of Waianae fireworks

HONOLULU (AP) - A fireworks display company has applied for an emergency permit to dispose of aging and hazardous fireworks stored in the bunker where five workers died in a 2011 explosion and fire.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Grucci Inc. has applied to the Department of Health for a permit to dispose of 5,400 pyrotechnic devices.

Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch chief Steven Chang says Grucci proposes to shoot off the fireworks once per month for six months at a Waianae chicken farm.

The fireworks were seized by federal authorities. The company needs a commercial license to fire them off.

Honolulu Councilwoman Kymberly Pine represents the Waianae area and says it's a bad idea.

She says surrounding farms have animals sensitive to loud noises and blowing off fireworks disposal could harm them.

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