Permits required by Monday for firecrackers

LIHUE — Kauai fire officials are reminding the public that permits must be obtained from the Kauai Fire Department by Monday to purchase and ignite firecrackers on July 4.

Fireworks and firecrackers may only be ignited on private property between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.

Applications are available at KFD headquarters at the Lihu‘e Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 315, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The cost of a fireworks permit is $25.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

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 similar products.

It is illegal to set off fireworks on public property, including streets, sidewalks or parks.

Removing the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any firework is prohibited.

All aerial luminaries, also known as flying lanterns or flying luminaries, are prohibited in Hawaii, per state law HRS (Hawaii Revised Statutes) 132-19.

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