HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu City Council is supporting a controversial effort to push for stricter fireworks laws.
The state Legislature is already considering a bill that would prohibit non-commercial fireworks across Hawaii for health and safety reasons.
On Wednesday, city council members approved a resolution giving them the power to implement a ban on Oahu, if the state measure doesn't pass.
But critics say fireworks are an important part of the Chinese community's culture.
"If the county was given the authority to regulate, we would certainly add an exemption for cultural and religious festivals," Charles Djou, city council member, said. "I, myself, am Chinese, so I understand the importance of fireworks on Chinese New Year."
Two bills relating to fireworks have been introduced in the state House. A hearing has not been scheduled.