Police expect public to obey fireworks ban

Quinton Petersen
Quinton Petersen
Debbie Kumai
Debbie Kumai
Capt. Terry Seelig
Capt. Terry Seelig

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Behind the brightly colored banners at Pacific Fireworks street side stand, even the proprietor is disappointed at the merchandise he has to offer.

"There's no fountains," Bret Lukens said. "There's nothing they can really enjoy. No color. It's just all firecrackers."

This will be the first New Year's under Oahu's new law that bans setting off sparklers, fountains and other fireworks.

"It's ridiculous," Waimalu resident Quinton Petersen said.

Violations range from a petty misdemeanor to a Class B felony. There will be more cops on patrol. But some people wonder how effective Honolulu police will be in catching fireworks felons red handed.

"It's going to be everywhere," said Minnie Souza of Makakilo.

Under the ordinance, fines range from $200 to $1,000 with up to 30 days in jail.

An HPD spokesperson said police will enforce the law "when appropriate" and respond to complaints of fireworks violations. The new law now makes it illegal for minors to set off firecrackers.

"They should have asked the people instead of just making a decision on their own," Waialua resident Carla Notebo said.

"There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood," Petersen said. "For fireworks to be banned, it's taking away from them."

"They can take them to the shows and see the fireworks there," said Debbie Kumai of Pearl City.

Police and fire officials want the public's cooperation, and expect most people to obey the fireworks law.

"We would expect, if people obey the ordinance and do the right thing in terms of what is legal, that it will be a quiet New Year's," fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.

Firecrackers can be set off between 9 p.m. New Year's Eve and 1 a.m. New Year's Day.

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