Tuesday is fireworks permit deadline

LIHUE — Kauai Fire Department officials are reminding the public that a permit must be obtained by Tuesday to purchase and ignite firecrackers on the Fourth of July.

Fireworks and firecrackers may only be ignited on private property between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Applications are available at KFD headquarters, located at the Lihue Civic Center, Piikoi Building, 4444 Rice St., Suite 315, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The cost of a fireworks permit is $25. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

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.

KFD officials also remind the public that 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.

The public is also advised that all aerial luminaries, also known as flying lanterns or flying luminaries, are prohibited in the state of Hawaii, per HRS 132-19.

Capt. Daryl Date with the Fire Prevention Bureau advises everyone to exercise caution when igniting fireworks, follow listed instructions and be sure that children are under adult supervision at all times.

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

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