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Maui Police Issue Two Citations for Fireworks Violations Over Christmas Weekend

December 28, 2020, 3:21 PM HST
* Updated December 28, 3:36 PM
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Maui police issued two fireworks violation citations over the Christmas weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at approximately 7:05 p.m., a witness reported residents on Miner Place in Makawao had been igniting illegal aerial fireworks and loud consumer fireworks throughout the day.

According to police, a witness stated through visual confirmation, that the violating residence could be accurately determined. A citation for fireworks violation (HRS 132D-14(2)(b)) was issued to the resident.

On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at approximately 6:45 p.m., a witness reported a resident on Makiki Street in Waiehu had been igniting illegal aerial fireworks.

Upon police arrival, an officer observed the resident igniting a firework and issued a citation to the resident.

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A court date was set for both alleged violations.

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It is illegal to import, transfer, sell, or use aerial fireworks without a permit. The law establishes criminal liability for a homeowner, renter, or person responsible for real property who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly allows an individual to possess, set off, ignite or cause to explode any aerial device while on the real property.

It also sets criminal penalties, which can constitute a Class C felony, a misdemeanor, or a fine of at least $500 and no more than $2,000.

Continued assistance from the public is appreciated in helping to enforce violations.

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Witness statements, photographs and video recordings that show the offense that can be authenticated by one or more witnesses are sufficient when officers arrive on the scene.

As a reminder, enforcement efforts will continue throughout the holiday season.

Consumer fireworks can only be legally ignited from 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.

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