Explosion alert, offshore fireworks disposal will happen again

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A word of warning, an offshore explosion will likely be visible next month.

A federal agency is continuing disposal of surplus fireworks from a deadly Waikele bunker explosion in 2011.

It hired Fireworks by Grucci Hawaii for the job, which occurred for the first time off Sand Island Tuesday afternoon sending plumes of smoke into the air, visible from miles away.

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation issued a marine event permit for Tuesday, between 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., for the fireworks to be shot off a barge approximately 1,500-2,000 feet offshore.

DOCARE had a crew in the water to keep boaters a safe distance away.

The Honolulu Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard were notified and a public notice was printed in the newspaper, but it did not specify the dates.

Fireworks by Grucci Hawaii says it will happen again on July 14 off the Reef Runway at Honolulu International Airport.

In all, they’re trying to get rid of 5,400 pyrotechnic devices.

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