Fireworks sales to start Sunday
Fireworks will be on sale starting Sunday through 8 p.m. July 4 for the Fourth of July holiday.
Permits are not required for consumer fireworks, such as sparklers, snakes and cylindrical or cone fountains that emit effects no higher than 12 feet off the ground.
Because no retailers are selling firecrackers in Maui County, no firecracker permits will be issued, according to the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety.
Fireworks can be legally set off from 1 to 9 p.m. July 4. Violations for setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by fines of up to $2,000.
Importing and selling aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C felony and punishable by up to five years in prison.
It is also illegal to extract pyrotechnic contents from fireworks, throw ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle and set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.
Fireworks can’t be legally set off near schools, on public roads, in county parks, at county facilities, cane fields, places of worship and within 500 feet of a hotel.
It’s illegal for anyone to sell or give fireworks to minors and for minors to possess, buy or ignite fireworks unless parents or guardians allow minors to use fireworks while under immediate supervision of an adult.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is reminding residents that fireworks can be dangerous and can cause serious burns and eye injuries. It’s recommended that people read and follow all manufacturer warnings and instructions for safe use and handling of fireworks.
Those setting off fireworks should have a clear flat area away from structures, dry grass or brush and other ignitable materials. People also should have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.
According to the Fire Prevention Bureau, the best way to stay safe is not to use fireworks at all. A public fireworks display is scheduled at 8 p.m. July 4 from a barge off Front Street in Lahaina. The street will be closed during the fireworks display.
More information is available by calling the Fire Prevention Bureau at 244-9161 or by going to www.co.maui.hi.us and reviewing fireworks rules under the “Fire Control” section.