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Emergency calls down in Honolulu

January 3, 2014
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - First responders in Honolulu said that emergency calls in the days surrounding New Year's Eve were down compared with last year.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to 284 calls on Oahu during the celebration this week, compared with 322 calls last year.

About one-third of 66 fire calls were related to fireworks, fire officials said.

Capt. Terry Seelig, a Fire Department spokesman, said that the fireworks-related fires were minor, mostly in dumpsters and small grassy areas.

Paramedics responded to two fireworks injuries compared with five last year, officials said.

A 5-year-old boy had minor burns to his hand and wrist because of fireworks. He was treated at a fire station. And a 25-year-old man suffered serious burns after playing with an aerial firework.

Paramedics also responded to 11 calls of people complaining of respiratory problems, down from 16 last year.

Seelig said a Honolulu law that took effect in 2011 prohibits children from handling fireworks. The Fire Department is pushing for a ban on all fireworks.



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