Have a safe and fun Fourth of July

Fireworks are considered a big part of Fourth of July fun by many people. But there are laws and regulations designed to help make the holiday a safe one as well. Anyone 18 years of age or older who is planning on buying fireworks must first buy a $25 permit at the Kaua‘i Fire Department headquarters at Lihu‘e Civic Center. Each permit allows the holder to purchase 5,000 individual fire crackers. However, more than one permit can be bought per person.

Non-aerial fireworks can be set off from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 4 on private property only. Fireworks should only be set off by persons 18 years and older, officials remind the public. Aerials or any fireworks that exceed a height of eight feet or a width of 12 feet are considered illegal and will be confiscated if found in stores.

Fireworks can only be sold within five calendar days before the holiday. Vendors must also explain permit requirements to the buyer seeking to buy some. For more information, call KFD headquarters at 241-6501.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources also has several rules that should be followed to protect both people and nature. Consuming alcohol and setting off fireworks are prohibited within all state parks, forest reserves, unencumbered lands and small boat harbors.

All vessels, thrill craft and kayaks must stay 300 yards away from any location where fireworks will be set off from land sites over the water. For more information contact 274-3521.

There is also a Fourth of July alternative that offers entertainment, food and safe fireworks dislays. Doors open at 3 p.m. for Kauai Hospice’s annual fundraiser “Concert in the Sky” at Vidinha soccer field. Tickets (adults $10, children $5) can be bought at Big Save and Menehune Mini-Marts or at the door. For information contact 245-7277.

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