Fireworks and firecrackers went on sale Wednesday at two locations on Molokai in preparation for New Year’s Eve.
Fireworks permits are required to purchase the firecracker type of fireworks and are good for 5,000 firecrackers. Permit applicants must be 18 years or older and show proof of age at the time of permit processing. There is no limit to the number of permits a person may purchase and the cost of each permit is $25 payable by check or money order to the County of Maui.
A permit can be obtained at the Maui County Parks Permit Office in Kaunakakai.
Novelty fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, fountains and cylindrical or cone fountains which emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground do not require permits. Firecrackers and fireworks can be purchased at Misaki’s and Take’s Variety Store on Molokai.
The Maui Fire Department would also like to remind residents of the following rules: Fireworks and firecrackers 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 up to $2,000.
Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous. Importing and selling aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C Felony.
“Because this past year has been very dry, the threat of wildfires is a major concern,” said Molokai Fire Inspector Rick Schonely. “When using fireworks, please follow the safety tips provided, use common sense, be sure all children are supervised, and watch out for each other. Hopefully, we can all have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s celebration and continue to celebrate every new year with fireworks.”
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, and readily ignitable materials.
• Have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.
The Maui Fire Department recommends that the best way to stay safe is not to use fireworks at all. Consider leaving fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy one of the public fireworks displays at midnight on New Year’s Eve at Hana, below Fagan’s Cross; Kihei, barge offshore fronting the Grand Wailea Hotel; and Lanai, Manele Bay Hotel.
For additional information on the fireworks permits, contact the Maui Fire Prevention Bureau at 808-244-9161 or visit www.co.maui.hi.us and review the fireworks rules at the Department of Fire and Public Safety or Fire Prevention Bureau web pages.
• 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 1,000 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.