Sale of fireworks to start today and end Thursday

The sale of Fourth of July fireworks will begin today and end on the holiday, the county Department of Fire and Public Safety announced Friday.

Fireworks permits are not be required for consumer fireworks such as sparklers, snakes and cylindrical, or cone, fountains that emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground, fire officials said.

This year, no island retailers are selling firecrackers for the July 4 holiday, and no firecracker permits will be issued.

The department’s Fire Prevention Bureau reminded residents that:

* Fireworks can be legally set off only from 1 to 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July, and setting them off at other times is illegal and punishable with fines of up to $2,000.

* Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous. (Importing and selling aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C felony.)

Officials also warned residents that it is unlawful to:

* Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.

* Throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.

* Set off fireworks near schools, on public roads, in county parks or facilities, in cane fields, near churches or within 500 feet of a hotel or 1,000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.

* Offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minors to possess, purchase, set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except those that parents or guardians allow with immediate adult supervision.

And safety tips include:

* Remembering that fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries.

* Never giving fireworks, even sparklers, to young children. (Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.)

* Allowing older children to use fireworks only under direct adult supervision.

* Always reading and following fireworks manufacturer warnings and instructions before using and handling fireworks.

* Making sure that fireworks are used in a clear, flat area away from structures, dry grass or brush, or other readily ignitable materials.

* Ensuring that a water hose or bucket of water is readily available in case of a fire.

A professional public fireworks display will be held at 8 p.m. July 4 from a barge anchored off Front Street in Lahaina. A section of Front Street is scheduled to be closed to motorists during the event.

For more information, call the Maui Fire Prevention Bureau at 244-9161 or go online to