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Fireworks permits available beginning Monday

Hawai‘i County Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira has announced that fireworks permits will be issued beginning Monday, June 29, at limited locations for the upcoming 4th of July celebration. Locations where fireworks permits will be available are:

  • The Fire Department administration office at Puainako Center, 2100 Kanoelehua Avenue, Room C-5 (next to Checkers) in Hilo, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until July 2; and
  • At Pinky’s in Pāpa‘ikou

Each permit, which costs $25, entitles the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers. Permits will be issued to a person 18 years of age or older and are non‑transferable, and non-refundable. Setting off fireworks is allowable only between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 4th. Permits, if purchased, should be visibly displayed at the site of use on the day at the time of the firing.

Persons who fail to follow all rules and regulations may have their permit revoked.

Chief Oliveira reminds the public that it is illegal for anyone to:

  1. Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks;
  2. Throw fireworks from a moving vehicle; or
  3. To set off any fireworks:
    • At any time not within the time periods as permitted;
    • Within 1,000 feet of any operating hospital, nursing home, home for the elderly or animal hospital;
    • In any school building or on any school grounds and yards on any occasion; and
    • On any highway, alley, street, sidewalk or other public way; in any park, or within 1,000 feet of a church during the periods when services are held.
  4. To sell, to offer to sell, or to give any fireworks to minors, and for any minor to possess, purchase, sell, or set off, ignite, or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except under the immediate supervision of an adult.

The Hawaii Fire Department also asks everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks:

  • Please use care when setting off fireworks.
  • Children playing with fireworks must be under adult supervision. Even the smallest of fireworks can cause serious injuries.
  • Fireworks should be set off in a safe area away from any dry grass or flammable materials.
  • Dispose of used fireworks properly, and have water or a fire extinguisher on hand in case of a fire.

Permits are not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers.

Fireworks sales will not begin until June 29, 2009, and will end at 8 p.m. on July 4, 2009.

  • There will be public fireworks displays at:
  • Coconut Island in Hilo at 8:00 p.m.
  • Barge off-shore Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona at 8:30 p.m.
  • Queens Marketplace in Waikoloa at 8:30 p.m.

For more information on purchasing fireworks permits, or the use of fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 981-8320 (Hilo) or 327-3546 (Kona).

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