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Permits needed for New Year’s Eve firecrackers

Though the tradition of busting firecrackers is long here in the Aloha State, one must purchase a permit to ignite them on New Year’s Eve.

A permit is $25 and it can be used to purchase up to 5,000 non-aerial individual firecracker units, according to Kauai County officials. Additionally, there is no limit on the number of permits an individual may own.

Fireworks may only be ignited on private property from 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday.

The Kauai Fire Department said it is illegal to set off fireworks on public property, including streets, sidewalks, beaches and parks. Removing the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any firework is also prohibited.

“We urge everyone to exercise caution when igniting fireworks to help prevent fires and avoidable injuries,” said Capt. Daryl Date of the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Friday is the last day to obtain a permit.

Applications are available at KFD headquarters in the Piikoi building of the Lihue Civic Center on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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The Garden Island

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