Ban fizzles; bill now addresses proliferation of illegal fireworks

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kaiana Baquiring, 4, picks out fireworks with her dad, Tramaine Baquiring, on Dec. 26, 2018, at the TNT Fireworks tents in the parking lot of Safeway in Hilo.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo Pacific Fireworks on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona was stocked Dec. 26, 2018, with pyrotechnics for New Year’s Eve.

Richard Creagan

A bill that would have banned nearly all consumer use of fireworks has gone up in smoke.