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Fourth of July fireworks on sale through Sunday

Fire Department urges caution, using fireworks away from brush and buildings

The Maui News

The Maui Fire Department is reminding residents to follow instructions and use common sense while setting off Fourth of July fireworks, which will be on sale through 8 p.m. Sunday.

Permits aren’t required for consumer fireworks such as sparklers, snakes and cylindrical or cone fountains that emit effects no higher than 12 feet off the ground.

Fireworks can be legally set off only from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday.

People who set off fireworks at other times could be cited for violations carrying fines of up to $2,000. Those who import, transfer, sell or use aerial fireworks without a permit could face felony charges.

Public aerial fireworks displays will be held Saturday on Lanai and Monday in Lahaina for the 4th of July.

The Lanai City display will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Dole Park as part of the 26th annual Lanai Pineapple Festival.

In Lahaina, fireworks will be set off from a barge off Front Street starting at 8 p.m.

According to the Fire Department, it’s illegal to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents from fireworks and throw fireworks from a moving vehicle. Fireworks aren’t allowed to be set off within 1,000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals, by schools and on public roads, in county parks, at county facilities, cane fields or places of worship.

It’s also illegal to set off fireworks within 500 feet of a hotel without a permit.

It’s illegal to sell, offer to sell or give fireworks to minors and for minors to possess, purchase or ignite fireworks unless parents or guardians allow it while minors are supervised by an adult.

The Fire Department recommends following manufacturers’ instructions and warnings and having a clear, flat area that’s away from dry grass, brush, structures or readily ignitable materials when using fireworks. People should have a water hose or bucket of water available in case of a fire.

Additional information is available by calling the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at (808) 876-4690.

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