Firecrackers

A firecracker permit and a valid identification is required to purchase and use firecrackers on Oahu. You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a firecracker permit.

How to Get a Firecracker Permit

On January 2, 2011, an island-wide partial fireworks ban placed restrictions on pyrotechnics use for Oahu residents. The possession and use of fountains, sparklers, aerial fireworks, and other consumer fireworks are illegal and not permitted. A firecracker permit and a valid identification is required to purchase and use firecrackers on Oahu. You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a firecracker permit. Each permit is nontransferable and allows a one-time purchase of up to 5,000 firecrackers.

Firecrackers may only be used on the following holidays and designated times:

  • 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chinese New Year’s Day
  • 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fourth of July

Firecrackers may also be used from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for cultural events, such as, but not limited to, anniversaries, births, blessings, deaths, grand openings, and weddings.

A permit is required to purchase firecrackers. Chapter 20, Revised Ordinances of Honolulu requires that firecracker permits be purchased no later than ten days before they are used.

Individuals who purchased firecracker permits are reminded that a firecracker permit does not guarantee the firecrackers’ availability for purchase, as firecracker inventories are determined by fireworks wholesalers and retailers.

Firecrackers must be purchased from licensed retailers no earlier than five days prior to its use. Retail licenses shall be prominently displayed in public view and secured at the location for which the license has been issued. Licensed retailers shall not sell more than 5,000 individual firecrackers per permit.

Firecrackers FAQ

A firecracker permit and a valid identification is required to purchase and use firecrackers on Oahu.

Please visit the Honolulu Fire Department Firecracker E-Permit System to view the rules and regulations and submit your request. The paper permit application process was discontinued.

Contact the Honolulu Police Department for fireworks disposal.

The permit allows the use of firecrackers from:

  • 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Chinese New Year’s Day
  • 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Independence Day (Fourth of July)

A permit for cultural use allows the use of firecrackers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the day of the requested use.

Each firecracker permit authorizes the purchase of up to 5,000 individual firecrackers. The tau conversion chart below provides an approximation and can vary by manufacturer.

  • 25,000 tau = 5,000 individual firecrackers
  • 20,000 tau = 4,388 individual firecrackers
  • 10,000 tau = 2,492 individual firecrackers
  • 5,000 tau = 1,388 individual firecrackers

The cost for each firecracker permit is $25 plus a $.59 service fee. Multiple permits may be purchased at one time.

Firecrackers may be purchased no more than five calendar days before the applicable time period designated on the permit and up to one hour before the end of the designated firing time.

An application for a firecracker permit may be completed at any time; however, the permit application shall be submitted no less than ten days prior to the date of the use of the firecrackers.

Any person aged 18 or older with a valid photo identification may purchase a firecracker permit.

It is unlawful for any person to possess, use, explode, or cause to explode any aerial device, articles pyrotechnic, display fireworks, or any of the following on Oahu:

Snakes, sparklers, cylindrical or cone fountains, illuminating torches, bamboo cannons, whistles, toy smoke devices, wheels, ground spinners, novelty or trick items, combination items, paperless firecrackers, and other fireworks of like construction that are designed to produce the same or similar effects.

The use of firecrackers is prohibited without a permit.