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Firework Permits on Sale Saturday

From the Mayors Office:

The Hawaii Fire Department announced that fireworks permits will be issued beginning Saturday, December 26, at limited locations for the upcoming New Year’s celebration. The sites are:

  • Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court
  • TNT Fireworks Tent, Prince Kuhio Plaza, Makaala Street, Hilo
  • Pinky’s 5/Eight, Papaikou
  • Pacific Fireworks Hilo Shopping Center
  • Pacific Fireworks Kona, 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona
  • Thunder Fireworks Store, 75-1022 Henry Street, Kailua-Kona

Each permit, which costs $25, will entitle 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 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.  Permits 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.

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

  • Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks;
  • Throw fireworks from a moving vehicle.

It is also illegal to set off 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

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

Permits are not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers.

Fireworks sales will not begin until December 26, 2009.

For more information on purchasing fireworks permits, or the use of fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 (Hilo) or 327-3546 (Kona).

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