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Ewa Beach man arrested as HPD continues to receive fireworks-related calls

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

An Ewa Beach man was arrested without incident on Monday for allegedly trying to sell illegal fireworks.

The arrest comes as HPD continues to receive fireworks related complaints. The department received approximately 700 calls in November and 750 calls so far in December.

Five years have passed since most consumer fireworks on Oahu were banned.

"We're always concerned about the possibility of people getting hurt and injured with the use of fireworks - legal or otherwise," Honolulu Fire Department Captain David Jenkins said. "We hope that the community follows the laws and ordinance governing the use of fireworks."

Oahu residents with a $25 permit are allowed to buy up to 5,000 individual firecrackers. New numbers just released show that the city sold more than 13,800 permits by Monday's deadline.

That's up from roughly 11,000 issued during the last two years.

In November, the Honolulu City Council deferred a bill that would have let people purchase non-aerial fountain fireworks with the same permit.

The Honolulu Fire Department opposed the attempt to ease current restrictions. 

"As far as fountains and sparklers, they are a heat source and do have a potential for causing harm and injury," Jenkins said. "Including smoke and anything that could be causing a breathing hazard."

Citations have been issued for fireworks violations and officers continue to enforce the fireworks laws.

Anyone found selling, possessing or using illegal fireworks could face up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

HPD is asking the public to report any suspicious or illegal fireworks activity by calling 911, meeting with an officer or sending an email to www.honoluluhpd.org.

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