Firecracker permit sales to begin

People celebrate New Year’s Eve 2010 with sparklers. The sale of fireworks begins Dec. 26. Firecracker permit sales begin today, according to the Maui Fire Department. The Maui News file photo

The Maui News

Firecracker permits will be available to Maui County residents starting today, the Maui Fire Department announced. The sale of New Year’s Eve fireworks begins Dec. 26 and ends at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1.

A permit is 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.

A permit is required for the use of firecrackers. Each permit costs $25, payable by check or money order to the County of Maui. Cash will be accepted only at the Fire Prevention Bureau on Maui and the Pine Isle Market on Lanai. Each permit allows a purchase of up to 5,000 firecrackers.

There is no limit to the number of permits issued an individual. Permit applicants must be 18 years or older.

A total of 937 permits are available on Maui, 89 on Lanai and 84 on Molokai.

Permits will be available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Dec. 29 at the Fire Prevention Bureau at 313 Manea Place in Waikapu, the County Parks & Recreation Permit Office at the Lahaina Civic Center and the County Parks & Recreation Permit Office at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center.

County offices will be closed Christmas Day.

Limited permits will be available at the Phantom Fireworks stand in the parking lot of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Pacific Starr Fireworks and TNT Fireworks Golden Dragon in the Piilani Shopping Village and the Pine Isle Market.

Permit-required firecrackers will be sold at all Maui locations of CVS Longs Drugs and Foodland — with the exception of Lahaina Farms — as well as at Sack N Save and Walgreens in Wailuku, Phantom Fireworks, Pacific Starr Fireworks and TNT Fireworks Golden Dragon, Misaki’s Grocery and Take’s Variety Store on Molokai and Pine Isle Market.

Fireworks can be legally set off only from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Setting off fireworks outside of the designated times is punishable by law. Violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000.

Aerial fireworks are illegal. The import, transfer, sale or use of aerial fireworks without a permit is a class C felony.

The Fire Department reminds residents that it is unlawful:

• To remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.

• To throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.

• To set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.

• To set off fireworks near schools.

• To set off fireworks on public roads, in county parks, at county facilities, in cane fields or near places of worship.

• For any person without a permit to set off, ignite or discharge any fireworks within 500 feet from any hotel.

• To offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minors to possess, purchase, set off or ignite fireworks except while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult.

People celebrating the new year with fireworks are reminded to read and follow all warnings and instructions; to have a flat, open area that is away from structures, dry grass, brush or other readily ignitable materials; and to have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.

Public aerial fireworks displays will take place at the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, both at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31.

For more information on permits, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 876-4690 or visit