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Officials Urge People to Watch Fireworks Show

By Stephen Florino

HONOLULU (KHNL) -

There are dry conditions are everywhere in the state. And because of that, officials on Oahu say they'd rather have everyone go to watch a professional fireworks display, instead of do their own.

They're not saying you can't play with fireworks on your own. But they want you to be very careful and they will be watching.

Stores shelves are filled with fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday. And that has some a little nervous.

"This year, we have a lot of brush that has grown tall, and we're very concerned about that it's prone to brushfires from fireworks, so be very careful," said Chief Ken Silva, of the Honolulu Fire Department.

The view from Chopper-8 shows just how dry some parts of the island are now. All that is usually green is now brown.

"We encourage everyone to leave fireworks to the professionals and to take your families out to enjoy one of the many commercial fireworks displays all around the island," said Silva.

Like the one at Ala Moana Beach Park. The city's trying to help, by adding additional bus service that day to and from the shopping center.

"We're gonna literally put the city behind the wheel so that people can leave their cars at home and ride the city buses," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

If you are going to celebrate by yourself -- be aware. Honolulu Police will be out, looking for anyone with illegal fireworks.

Last year, they responded to 570 fireworks calls, issued several citations, and arrested three people.

"We're hoping in a law enforcement area, this numbers will come down this year," said Asst. Chief Paul Putzulu, of the Honolulu Police Department. "We will be taking extra steps in making sure the safety of the community is our priority."

A reminder, you can only legally pop firecrackers between 1 PM and 9 PM on the fourth.

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