HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE POLICE CHIEF
DECEMBER 26, 2000
The Polcie and Fire Departments are reminding Big Island residents to follow the rules governing the use of fireworks so they may enjoy a safe New Year’s holiday.
The use of fireworks is permitted from 9 p.m. Sunday, New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2000, until 1 a.m. Monday, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2001. The use of fireworks at any other time is prohibited.
The last session of the State Legislature amended the law (Chapter 132D, Hawaii Revised Statutes) to require residents who want to set off fireworks to pay a fee of $25 for a permit. Each permit allows residents to set off no more than 5,000 firecrackers.
As in the past, the state law prohibits the use of aerial bombs and displays without a special permit.
The law defines an aerial firework as “any fireworks which produces an audible or visible effect and which is designed to rise into the air and explode or detonate in the air or to fly above the ground.” It says the use of such fireworks “is prohibited for use by any person who does not have a display permit issued by a county.
Prohibited fireworks include jumping jacks, flying pigs, rockets, helicopters, satellites, romand candles, mines and shells.
Common fireworks allowed without a permit include cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks, sparklers, firecrackers and salutes.
It’s also against the law to extract the explosive or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks; throw ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle; set off fireworks in any school building or on any school grounds without authorization from school officals; or set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of any hospital, convalescent home or home for the elderly.
Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from purchasing or igniting any fireworks unless they are under the immediate supervision and control of thier parents or an authorized adult.
Police officers will be enforcing the fireworks law and looking for violators. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $500.
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