Oahu retailer runs out of firecrackers

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Final preparations are underway at Magic Island for the state’s largest Fourth of July fireworks show.

But there are those who’d rather celebrate at home.

Anyone who bought a permit, but did not get firecrackers yet is out of luck.

Bo Wah Trading Co. in Chinatown sells all sorts of things,but what customers won’t find are firecrackers.

“Actually, on Sunday, we sold out already,” Bo Wah Trading Co. owner Danny Au said.

Bo Wah is the only retailer on Oahu carrying firecrackers, or rather, that carried firecrackers for the Fourth of July.

“We still have customers coming in asking for it. But I’m sorry, we have to turn them back,” Au said.

The Honolulu Fire Department issued 43 permits for Fourth of July firecrackers at $25 a permit. That’s up from last year, when only 28 were issued.

Au says it’s hard to gauge how much they should bring in, especially since they don’t want to have to store any leftovers.

This year, they underestimated.

“Not enough, so people I guess they stuck with the permit you know, but we cannot help them because we don’t have any stock,” Au said.

Anyone who managed to buy the red firecrackers can set them off between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Independence Day.

Folks on Oahu are not allowed to play with commercial fireworks like sparklers and fountains. They’ve been banned since 2011.

Instead, the public is invited to Ala Moana Beach Park Thursday night to see a spectacle in the sky.

Sherry Souza and her team have been setting up at Magic Island since Friday.

“It’s a huge project. It’s like building a city and building it completely up then tearing it all down,” said Souza, the J&M Displays West head technician Souza.

The mortar guns will be firing off almost 15 minutes worth of aerial fireworks.

“Every year it’s always different. I mean our goal here is to change it up and make a better show than the years past,” Souza said.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

For anyone who plans to spend the whole day at Ala Moana Beach Park, two people from a group can stay overnight from July 3 to hold a spot.

But campers can’t park cars there overnight. Campers can bring their cars in starting at 4 a.m.

Other Oahu public fireworks displays:

July 3

  • Aloha Tower Marketplace – 8:30pm

July 4

  • Turtle Bay Resort – 8 p.m.
  • Kailua Beach Park – 8 p.m.
  • Maunalua Bay – 8 p.m.

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