Firecrackers require permits

The Kaua‘i Fire Department reminds residents that a permit is required to light fireworks on Chinese New Year.

The hours for firecrackers are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The permits cost $25, and can be used to purchase up to 5,000 non-aerial individual firecrackers.

There is no limit on the number of permits an individual can obtain to buy firecrackers; however, applicants must be at least 18 years old to obtain one.

“So far, we’ve only issued a few fireworks permits for Chinese New Year,” said Capt. David Bukoski, in a news release. “Most of the people planned ahead and purchased extra fireworks while they were being sold for New Year’s Eve. I’m not aware of any vendors that are selling fireworks right now.”

Although the following items are classified as fireworks, no permit is required to purchase them: snakes, sparklers, fountains, cylindrical or cone fountains, whistles, toy smoke devices, wheels and ground spinners, and other similar products.

Bukoski advises everyone exercise caution when igniting fireworks.

“Basically, I tell people to use common sense. Follow the instructions that come with the fireworks, adults should supervise youngsters at all times, and let safety be their guiding light,” said Bukoski, in the release.

Bukoski said fireworks may only be ignited on private property.

For more information, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 241-6511.

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