Bill to lift ban on sparklers, fountains stalls

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On July 21, a city council committee deferred a bill that would have eased the ban by allowing the use of sparklers and fountains during new year’s eve and the fourth of July.

Committee members wanted time to review concerns from the fire and police departments.

About two weeks ago the bill to lift Oahu’s ban on sparklers and fountains is moving though the Honolulu City Council.

Bill 5 (2014) was introduced by Honolulu council members Ikaika Anderson and Ann Kobayashi back in Jan. 22, 2014.

In an 8-1 vote, it passed a second reading by the full council Tuesday, July 7 and will be reviewed next by a council committee.

Oahu is the only county in the state that bans fireworks. The amendment to the ban would allow novelty fireworks only on designated holidays (New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year and Fourth of July), as well as only allowing one permit for each adult at a cost of $25.

Currently, only firecrackers are allowed.

“The purpose of this ordinance is to amend the regulation of fireworks within the City and County of Honolulu. This ordinance allows certain sparklers and fountains to be used pursuant to permit in a manner similar to the current use of firecrackers, and provides for a refund of permit fees to permittees who do not purchase either permitted sparklers or firecrackers.”

The bill stalled in the Public Safety and Economic Development (PSED) committee and was deferred twice.

Then on May 27, 2015, the bill was moved to the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs committee (EMLA), where it was approved on Tuesday, June 16.

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