4th of July Fireworks Information for Maui
The sale of 4th of July fireworks begins this Thursday, June 29, and ends on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Fire officials note that permits are required for the use of firecrackers and can be acquired at the Fire Prevention Bureau in Waikapū. Each permit costs $25 and is good for the purchase of up to 5,000 pieces of fire crackers. There is no limit to the number of permits issued to each person; however, permit applicants must be 18 years or older and show proof of age at the time of permit processing.
Firecrackers are being sold at Phantom Fireworks located in the front parking lot of the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center; and in Kīhei at the Piʻilani Village Shopping Center.
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. Setting off fireworks outside of designated times is subject to fines of up to $2,000; and the use, sale and transfer of illegal aerial fireworks without a permit is considered a Class C Felony.
This year there is a public fireworks display at the 25th Annual Lānaʻi Pineapple Festival on Lānaʻi on July 1st between 8:30 and 9 p.m.; and on the Fourth of July from an offshore barge along Front Street in Lahaina starting at 8 p.m.
Fire officials say the best way to stay safe is to not use fireworks in the first place and to leave fireworks to the professionals.
The Maui Fire Department also would like to remind residents of the following rules regarding fireworks use:
• Fireworks can only be legally set off from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 4th of July
• Setting off fireworks outside 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
• 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:
• 25th Annual Lanai Pineapple Festival: Lānaʻi City Soccer Field, Awalua Ave., Lānaʻi is between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017.
• Lahaina 4th of July Fireworks: Offshore barge along Front Street, Lahaina Maui is at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
The public is reminded that a closure of Front Street is scheduled for the July 4th celebration.
Fire officials advise the public to supervise children using fireworks; follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety tips provided for fireworks if used; use common sense; and watch out for each other’s safety.
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.