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Maui Fire Department announces New Year’s Eve fireworks information

By Staff | Dec 26, 2019

KAHULUI – The county Department of Fire and Public Safety announced that New Year’s Eve fireworks are now on sale until Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

A fireworks permit is not required for consumer fireworks such as sparklers, snakes and cylindrical or cone fountains that emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground.

A fireworks permit is required for the use of firecrackers.

Each permit costs $25, payable by check/money order to the County of Maui. Cash will be accepted at the Fire Prevention Bureau only ?

Each permit allows a purchase of up to 5,000 pieces of firecrackers ?

There is no limit to the number of permits issued to each person ?

Permit applicants must be 18 years or older and show proof of age at the time of permit processing.

Permits will be available in West Maui through Dec. 31, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the County Parks & Recreation Permit Office in Lahaina Civic Center. ?

Permit-required firecrackers will be sold at Foodland Supermarket in Lahaina. ?

Maui Fire Department also would like to remind residents of the rules regarding fireworks use.

Fireworks can only be legally set off from 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by law. Violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000. ?

Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous. The import, transfer, sale or use of aerial fireworks without a ?permit is a Class C Felony.

It is unlawful: to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents; throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle; set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals; set off fireworks by schools; and set off fireworks on public roads, in county parks, at county facilities, cane fields or places of worship.

It is unlawful for any person without a permit to set off, ignite, discharge or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks within 500 feet from any hotel ?

It is unlawful for any person to offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minors to possess, purchase, or set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except that the parents or guardians may allow the minor to use fireworks while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult. ?

Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries. ?

Young children and fireworks do not mix. Never give fireworks, even sparklers, to young children. Sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. ?

Older children should only use fireworks under the direct supervision of an adult. ?

Always read and follow all warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer for the safe use and handling of fireworks. ?

Make sure you have a clear, flat area to use the fireworks – away from structures, dry grass or brush, or other readily ignitable materials. ?

Have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire. ?A public aerial fireworks display will be held offshore of the Grand Wailea Resort starting at 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

For additional information on fireworks permits, contact the Maui Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at (808) 876-4690 or refer to the Hawaii Revised Statutes 132D at www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrs2006/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0132D/HRS_0132D-.HTM.