HILO, Hawai’i (KHON2) — On Dec. 27, the Hawai’i Island Police Department (HPD) educated the public, in a press release, on rules governing the use of fireworks.
According to HPD, the Hawai’i state law dictates that anyone purchasing, possessing, storing, setting off, igniting, discharging aerial devices, displaying fireworks, or articles pyrotechnic without a valid pyrotechnic permit may face Class C felony charges resulting in a five-year term of imprisonment if convicted.
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HPD said anyone igniting aerial pyrotechnic displays risk not only their life but also the lives of loved ones nearby and potentially neighbors as well.
Fireworks are permitted from 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
However, anyone who wants to purchase fireworks must pay a permit fee of $25 which is available through Hawai’i Fire Department. According to HPD, the permit allows an adult to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers.
Common fireworks allowed without a permit include:
- cylindrical fountains
- cone fountains
- illuminating torches and colored fire
- dipped sticks
What fireworks are not allowed:
- At any time outside the specified time period on New Year’s Eve.
- In any school building or on any school grounds without authorization from school officials.
- Within 1,000 feet of any hospital, convalescent home, care home for the elderly, church where services are held, zoo, animal hospital or shelter
Prohibited fireworks include:
- jumping jacks
- flying pigs
- roman candles
- aerial luminary devices — also known — as sky lanterns
HPD said it is also illegal to:
- Extract the explosive or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks.
- Throw ignited fireworks at, into, or from a moving vehicle.
- Have anyone under the age of 18 purchase, possess or ignite any fireworks unless they are under the immediate supervision and control of their parents or an authorized adult.
Fireworks safety tips for pets:
- Keep your pet secured inside. Pets tied up outside can panic due to the loud noise and may break their tie-out or jump over a fence to escape the noise.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped, to help increase the chances of reunification. Go to Found.org to register your pet’s microchip.
- Thunder shirts, favorite treats and crating, are all ways to help keep your pet calm. Check with your veterinarian about anxiety medications for your dog. Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets to explore the area.