Unlawful To Use Fireworks Anytime!

The County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety has announced that any fireworks that are used not during the designated times by law is totally illegal. Neighbors are advised to contact law enforcement if perpetrators are in the area.

The Fire Prevention Bureau would also like to remind residents of the following rules in relation to fireworks:
1. Fireworks can only be legally set off during designated times on New Years and Fourth of July.
2. Setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by law.  Violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000.00.
3. Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous.  Importing and selling aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C Felony.
General Prohibitions:
1.  It is unlawful to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.

2. It is unlawful to throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.

3.  It is unlawful to set off fireworks within 1000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.

4.  It is unlawful to set off fireworks by schools.

5.  It is unlawful to set off fireworks on public roads, in County parks, at County facilities, cane fields, or places of worship.

6.  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.

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

Safety Tips Regarding Fireworks Use:

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

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

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

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

5. Have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.

For additional information on the fireworks permits, contact the Maui Fire Prevention Bureau at (808) 244-9161 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/fireprevention and review the fireworks rules.

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