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Begin 2012 With a Bang!

Fireworks shows, rules and safety tips.

December 29, 2011
The Maui Weekly

Begin 2012 With a Bang!

Fireworks shows, rules and safety tips.

Although it is customary in Hawai'i to start the New Year out with a bang, the County of Maui asks residents to take a moment before rushing out to buy an armload of fireworks. And in anticipation of a demand for fireworks permits, the Maui Fire Department (MFD) has provided fireworks permit processing information and offered some rules, regulations and safety tips.

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"Although we have had some heavy rains recently, for the most part, this past year has been very dry, so the threat of wildfires is still a major concern," said MFD Capt. Paul Haake. "When using fireworks, please follow the safety tips provided, use common sense, and watch out for each other."

Fireworks permits are required to purchase firecracker-type fireworks and are good for up to 5,000 firecrackers. Permit applicants must be 18 years or older and show proof of age at the time of permit processing.

There is no limit to the number of permits a person may purchase. The cost of each permit is $25, payable by either check or money order to the County of Maui. Fireworks Permit Processing is available through Friday, Dec. 30, at the Fire Prevention Bureau, 313 Manea Place in Wailuku (off of Waiko Road).

Permit-required firecracker sales will be held at all Foodland stores and all Times Supermarkets on Maui.

Novelty fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, fountains and cylindrical or cone fountains which emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground do not require permits.

MFD would also like to remind residents of the following rules in relation to fireworks:

Fireworks and firecrackers can only be legally set off from 9 p.m. New Year's Eve to 1 a.m. New Year's Day.

Setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by law. Violators are subject to 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.

Fire department officials warn that the best way to stay safe is not to use fireworks at all. Consider "leaving fireworks to the professionals," and enjoy one of the public fireworks displays at midnight on New Year's Eve.

For additional information on the fireworks permits, contact the Maui Fire Prevention Bureau at (808) 244-9161 or visit and review the fireworks rules under the "Fire Control" section.

"Hopefully, we can all have a safe and enjoyable New Year's celebration and continue to celebrate every New Year with fireworks," concluded Capt. Haake.


Public Fireworks Displays

Hana, below Fagan's Cross

Kihei, barge offshore fronting the Grand Wailea Hotel

Lana'i, Manele Bay Hotel


Fireworks Rules and Safety Tips for Maui County

General Prohibitions

It is unlawful to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.

It is unlawful to throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.

It is unlawful to set off fireworks within 1000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.

It is unlawful to set off fireworks by schools.

It is unlawful to set off fireworks on public roads, in County parks, at County facilities, cane fields, or places of worship.

It is unlawful for any person without a permit to set off, ignite, discharge or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks within 500 feet from any hotel.

It is unlawful for any person to offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minors to possess, purchase, or set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except that the parents or guardians may allow the minor to use fireworks while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult.


Safety Tips

Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries.

Young children and fireworks do not mix. Never give fireworks, even sparklers to young children. Sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Older children should only use fireworks under the direct supervision of an adult.

Always read and follow all warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer for the safe use and handling of fireworks.

Make sure you have a clear, flat area to use the fireworks; away from structures, dry grass or brush, and readily ignitable materials.

Have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.


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