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Maui Fire officials remind public of fireworks safety

The Department of Fire and Public Safety would like to inform Maui County residents that firework permits will become available on Monday, Dec. 18 until Dec. 29, 2017.

The sale of New Year’s Eve fireworks begins on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, and ends Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 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 time of permit processing
  • 937 permits are available on Maui
  • 89 permits are available on Lanai
  • 84 permits are available on Molokai

*Permits are available December 18-29, 2017, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at these County of Maui offices:

  • CENTRAL MAUI, Fire Prevention Bureau – Consolidated Baseyard, 313 Manea Pl. Waikapu
  • 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.

*County offices are closed Monday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas.

A limited number of permits will be available at these retail 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.
  • TNT Fireworks Golden Dragon, Piilani Shopping Village, 277 Piikea Ave.

LANAI

  • Pine Isle Market

Permit required firecrackers will be sold at the following locations:

ALL MAUI LOCATIONS of:

  • CVS Longs Drugs
  • Foodland – with the exception of Lahaina Farms

WAILUKU

  • Sack N Save
  • Walgreens

KAHULUI

  • Phantom Fireworks, Queen Kaahumanu Center

KIHEI

  • Pacific Starr Fireworks, Piilani Shopping Village
  • TNT Fireworks Golden Dragon, Piilani Shopping Village

MOLOKAI

  • Misaki’s Grocery
  • Take’s Variety Store

LANAI

  • Pine Isle Market

The Maui Fire Department reminds residents 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 of 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

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 for Fireworks Use:

  •  Fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious burns and eye injuries
  • Be careful when allowing young children to play with sparklers. They burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Children young and old should always have direct adult supervision
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer
  • Ensure you have a flat, open area that is away from structures, dry grass, 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

Dec. 31, 2017 – begins approx. 11:59 p.m.

 

  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai – Laydown Area between the resort and Manele Harbor

1 Manele Bay Rd.

Dec. 31, 2017 – begins approx. 11:59 p.m.

The use of fireworks when ringing-in the New Year is a privilege that Maui County residents currently enjoy.  Unfortunately, this activity increases our community’s risk of fire and fire-related injuries.  To assure that our community may continue to celebrate the New Year with fireworks, please remember to follow the safety tips provided.  Use common sense and look out for one another’s safety.  Happy New Year to all!  Let’s have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s celebration!

The only way to stay safe is to not use fireworks in the first place … Leave fireworks to the professionals!

For additional information on fireworks permits contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at, (808) 876-4690 or follow the link to, Hawaii Revised Statutes 132D.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrs2006/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0132D/HRS_0132D-.HTM

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