Fires, injuries reported during New Year's festivities
Firefighters were kept busy today, dousing fireworks-related fires.
From midnight to 8:45 p.m., there were 37 fires that appeared to be fireworks-related.
Most were rubbish fires, and the Honolulu Fire Department said none caused major damage.
On New Year's Eve, HFD responded to 41 reports of fires, at least 16 of which were probably fireworks-related, an HFD spokesman said.
Meanwhile, HFD said it responded to 215 medical calls over the three-day period this year and 27 other incidents.
Honolulu EMS personnel were dispatched to at least two reports of fireworks-related injuries.
At 12:31 a.m., there was a call for a fireworks-related injury on Puloku Street in Waipahu.
At 12:34 a.m., two people were reported hurt by fireworks on Mailiili Road in Maili.
A year ago, the Honolulu Fire Department responded to 58 fire calls, 26 of which were fireworks related, with total damages of $10,000. In 2007, the department fielded 79 calls, 33 fire-related, for a loss of $83,500.
Satellite city halls reported sales of 8,055 firecracker permits this year, reversing a three-year decline. Last year, 6,924 permits were issued.