Permits required to set off fireworks

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Fire Department officials are reminding residents that they need to get a permit from the fire department by Saturday if they plan to purchase and/or light firecrackers on the Fourth of July, a county news release states.

The hours that firecrackers may be ignited are from 1 to 9 p.m. on July 4.

Applications are available at KFD headquarters located in the Hale Pumehana building, 3083 Akahi St. in Lihu‘e. The office is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.

The cost of a fireworks permit is $25, and it can be used to purchase up to 5,000 non-aerial individual firecracker units. 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 be issued a permit.

Only licensed pyro-technicians with proper permits are authorized to ignite aerial fireworks.

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.

Captain Daryl Date with the Fire Prevention Bureau advises everyone to exercise caution when igniting fireworks. Residents are urged to follow all instructions that come with fireworks and be sure that children are under adult supervision at all times, the release states.

For more information about fire safety, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 241-4985.

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