Oahu rings in the new year with an illegal fireworks show, keeping first responders busy

Oahu rings in the new year with an illegal fireworks show, keeping first responders busy
Illegal fireworks lit up the night sky over Oahu on New Year's Eve. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Revelers lit up the night skies over Oahu on New Year’s Eve, ignoring a years-old fireworks ban as they said good riddance to 2020 and sought to welcome 2021.

But the fun wasn’t without consequences.

First responders were busy through the night responding to fireworks-related incidents.

  • In Kailua, a 7-year-old suffered serious hand injuries from an illegal aerial firework. EMS paramedics treated her and transported her to a hospital.
  • In Ewa, a 16-year-old girl also suffered serious injuries to her hand when an illegal aerial went off.
  • On Kealoha Street in Kalihi just before 7 p.m., a 29-year-old woman was injured after an illegal aerial exploded. Authorities said the woman had burns on her hand and body, and was taken to a hospital.
  • EMS said two people were injured in an apparent propane tank explosion near Moiliili Neighborhood Park about 8 p.m. A 20-year-old woman and 23-year-old man were taken to a hospital in serious condition with burns on multiple parts of their bodies.
  • Just before 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, a 49-year-old female transported herself to a fire station along Kalanianaole Highway, where she was treated for a burn to her hand that was apparently caused by a sparkler.
  • A few minutes later, a 45-year-old man on Oahu’s Leeward Coast was transported to a trauma center after a firework exploded in his hand, causing serious injury.
  • And at around 3:30 a.m., an 11-year-old boy was taken from a Windward Oahu trauma center to another emergency room after suffering an eye injury from an apparent fireworks explosion.

This story will be updated.

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