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Unwanted, illegal, damaged fireworks collection (Jan. 28)

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Fire Chief Darren Rosario announces the Hawaii Fire Department will be conducting a collection of unwanted, illegal, and/or damaged fireworks from anyone wishing to turn them in for proper disposal.

Members of the public will be able to drop off their unwanted fireworks (island-wide) on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Those wishing to participate can contact the HFD Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 by Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get more information regarding drop off locations and drop off times.

Please be advised that these fireworks are dangerous and utmost care must be taken to keep them away from any spark or open flame. Fireworks may be soaked in water overnight and dried prior to transporting them to one of the drop off locations. Please note that no other hazardous materials or explosive products will be accepted.

Acceptable items will include all types of Fireworks, fountains, sparklers, firecrackers, cakes, rockets, etc.
In addition, you may also turn in any “aerial luminary devices.”

The State of Hawaii deemed it illegal to buy, sell, use, possess, ignite, or cause to ignite any such aerial luminary device. An aerial luminary device is defined as any homemade or manufactured device that has an open flame and which can be sent airborne or adrift, leaving the height and distance it travels to be determined by existing atmospheric conditions.

These devices can start brushfires as well as entangle in electrical lines, and even has the ability to hit an aircraft if it drifts near an airport or in the vicinity of an aircraft. The common brands found here are “Sky Lanterns” and “Hawaii Lanterns.”

For further information, call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912.

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