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Maui Fire Department Announces New Year’s Eve Fireworks Information

The County of Maui’s, Department of Fire and Public Safety has announced the sale of New Year’s Eve fireworks beginning on Monday, December 17 and ending on Tuesday, January 1 at 12:01 a.m.

A fireworks permit is not required for consumer fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, and cylindrical or cone fountains which emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground. However, a fireworks permit is required for the use of fire crackers.

The following are details for fireworks permits.

  • Each permit costs $25.00 payable by check/money order to the County of Maui. Cash will be accepted at the Fire
    Prevention Bureau and Pine Isle Market only
  • Each permit allows a purchase of up to 5,000 pieces of fire crackers
  • 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 from December 17 through December 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Central Maui, Fire Prevention Bureau – 313 Manea Pl. Waikapu Consolidated Baseyard
  • West Maui, County Parks & Recreation Permit Office – Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy. Lahaina
  • Molokai, County Parks & Recreation Permit Office – Mitchell Pauole Community Center, 90 Ainoa St.

Note: County offices are closed on Monday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas Day Holiday.

A limited number of fireworks permits will be available at the following locations:

  • Kahului, Phantom Fireworks, front parking lot of Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 West Kaahumanu Ave.
  • Kihei, Pacific Starr Fireworks, Piilani Shopping Village, 225 Piikea Ave.
  • Lanai, Pine Isle Market

Permit required firecrackers will be sold at the following retail locations:

All Maui location of :
• CVS Longs Drugs
• Foodland Supermarkets– with the exception of Lahaina Farms

Wailuku:
• Sack N Save
• Walgreens

Kahului:
• Phantom Fireworks, Queen Kaahumanu Center

Kihei:
• Pacific Starr Fireworks, Piilani Shopping Village

Molokai:
• Misaki’s Grocery
• Take’s Variety Store

Lanai:
• Pine Isle Market

MFD officials are also reminding the public of the following rules regarding fireworks use:

  • Fireworks can only be legally set off from 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day
  • Setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by law. Violations are subject to fines of up to
    $2,000.00
  • Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous. The import, transfer, sale, or use of aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C Felony

General Prohibitions:

  • It is unlawful to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents
  • It is unlawful to throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle
  • It is unlawful to set off fireworks within 1000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals
  • It is unlawful to set off fireworks by schools
  • It is unlawful to 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.

Safety Tips Regarding Fireworks Use:

  • 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.

Public Aerial Fireworks Display Locations:

  • Grand Wailea Resort – Offshore barge
    3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
    December 31 – begins approx. 11:59 p.m.
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai – Laydown Area Manele
    1 Manele Bay Rd.
    December 31- begins approx. 11:59 p.m.

“The use of fireworks to celebrate the start of a new year is a privilege that Maui residents continue to enjoy,” MFD wrote in a release.  “Unfortunately, this activity increases our community’s risk of fire and fire-related injuries.

“To ensure our community can continue celebrating the start of the new year with fireworks and avoid the risks associated with its use please remember to do the following: supervise children using fireworks, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety tips provided, use common sense, and watch out for each other’s safety. Let’s all have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s celebration and continue to celebrate the start of every New Year with fireworks. Happy New Year!”

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.

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