Permits needed for firecrackers

LIHUE — A permit from the fire department is required to purchase and ignite firecrackers on New Year’s Eve, according to the Kauai Fire Department.

Dec. 30 is the last day to obtain a permit.

“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.

Only licensed pyrotechnicians with proper permits are authorized to ignite aerial fireworks.

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

Fireworks may only be ignited on private property from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

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 prohibited.

Applications are available at KFD headquarters in the Piikoi building of the Lihue Civic Center.

The cost of a permit is $25.


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