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Minimizing fireworks pollution

Iwalani Sato Iwalani Sato

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Ringing in the new year can come with a polluted price. In this Earth and Sea Project report - how to have good clean fun with fireworks, without leaving a mess in the ocean.

They create a spectacular light show in the air but leave a burnt mess on the ground.

The environmental rule of thumb - sweep, don't hose down fireworks debris into storm drains.

"If you need to use the hose to douse the fireworks do that, but make sure you pick up the debris and throw it in the trash," said Iwalani Sato with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services.

It is illegal to dump waste into storm drains. Fines range from $1000 to $25,000 per violation per day.

"It's only storm water that should go into the storm drain systems. And that water goes into our streams where we have plants animals our wildlife. It could impact plants, wildlife, and of course humans," said Sato.

And with a green reminder that's as simple as a broom and a bag, environmental leaders urge everyone to make sure the new year is off to a clean start.

If you see someone putting fireworks debris or any kind of trash into a storm drain, call 9-1-1.

If it's after-the-fact, you can report it by calling the City's Environmental Concern Line.

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