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No firecrackers in this subdued July 4th holiday

Residents urged to keep gatherings small, practice social distancing

This has certainly been a more subdued ramp up to Fourth of July with the Fire Department not selling firecracker permits because there are no commercial vendors.

And Managing Director Sandy Baz urged residents Wednesday to keep gatherings small and to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I know it is hard,” he conceded, while noting that a lot of the transmission of the virus on Oahu has come at family gatherings and funerals.

He also urged residents to think twice about using fireworks and urged caution with the large amount of dried brush.

County parks remain closed to camping but will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Baz said at the daily county news briefing.

The Fire Department reminded residents that aerial fireworks are illegal and dangerous. The import, transfer, sale or use of aerials without a permit is a Class C felony.

The traditional Fourth of July fireworks off Front Street by the Lahaina Town Action Committee have been canceled this year.

Legal fireworks can be set off from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Setting off fireworks outside those times can lead to fines of up to $2,000.

Other reminders include that it is illegal to:

• remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.

• throw ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.

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

• set off fireworks by schools.

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

• sell or give fireworks to minors.

Minors may not set off fireworks unless under the supervision of an adult. Fireworks are dangerous and can cause burns, the Fire Department said.

Fireworks users should play away from structures, dry grass and other flammable materials and have a water hose or bucket of water readily available.

* Lee Imada can be reached at leeimada@mauinews.com.

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