Thank you for the tips on Boomcars. Please help with firecrackers and bombs.
Quieter O'ahu Response:
Thank you for dropping us a note. Your suggestion to address illegal fireworks is a good one. We will look at adding fireworks guidance soon.
In the meantime, we can say that regulation of fireworks varies county to county. In the City and County of Honolulu, or on O'ahu, fireworks can only be used with a permit issued by the Honolulu Fire Department. These permits are primarily issued (there may be exceptions) for three types of events: New Years, Chinese New Years, and Independence Day. There are two types of permits: those issued for the aforementioned designated holidays/cultural events, and those issued for public aerial displays, such as those seen at the hotels in Waikiki. Under the designated holiday/cultural events permit an individual may ONLY use firecrackers. ALL OTHER types of fireworks are illegal. Illegal fireworks would include sparklers, fountains, cherry bombs, m-80's, and numerous other fireworks that are not clearly classified as firecrackers. Also, when using permitted firecrackers, it is illegal to:
- Throw ignited fireworks at a person or an animal.
- Throw ignited fireworks from above the first floor of any building.
- Throw ignited fireworks from, at, or into a vehicle.
- Set off fireworks on public ways, in parks, cane fields, or places of worship.
- Set off fireworks on public beaches, in forest or wildlife preserves.
- Set off fireworks in school buildings or on school grounds.
- Set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of hospitals, health and elderly care facilities, and facilities that care for animals, including the zoo.
- Set off fireworks within 500 feet from a hotel.
- Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors. Honolulu’s ordinance makes it illegal for minors to use firecrackers on Oahu, even with adult supervision.
- Possess or use aerial fireworks, unless the HFD’s Fire Chief issues a display permit per Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 132D.
- Transport fireworks in carry-on or checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.
- Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.
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