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Fireworks Display Organizers, Honolulu Police Gear Up for Independence Day Show

Sgt. Bill Axt Sgt. Bill Axt

By Minna Sugimoto

ALA MOANA (KHNL) - Tens of thousands of people are expected to jam into Ala Moana Beach Park for the Independence Day fireworks display. Pyrotechnicians and Honolulu police are getting ready for the eager crowd.

Seven days of set-up. Ten-and-a-half tons of explosives. All for a spectacular, 4th of July fireworks display.

"We have cube shells, Bozo the Clown, butterfly shells, heart shells, beautiful little heart shells for some of the songs that talk about love, happy faces when we talk about kids and family," Sherry Souza, Pyro Spectaculars, said.

In all, about 2,400 shells exploding to music.

"Our last song is Whitney Houston singing, singing the National Anthem," Souza said. "We're going to rock this town."

Police expect as many as 40,000 people will be on hand.

"We've had incidents in the past where it got completely out of control here in the park," Sgt. Bill Axt, Honolulu Police Department, said. "And it became a safety issue."

Ala Moana Beach Park normally closes at 10 pm. But die-hard fireworks fans will be allowed to come early and stay overnight, from July 3rd to the 4th.

"We'll have a number of officers in plain clothes walking through the park and looking for violations, the violations of fireworks as well as drinking," Axt said.

Janet Choy looks forward to the annual display.

"I have a small family," she said. "But I like together see that one July 4th."

The native of Korea loves the excitement the American tradition brings.

"I like it," she said. "I want to see the July 4, that, wonderful."

People can stay the night of the 3rd, but not their cars. Vehicles will not be allowed to park there overnight.

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