Police remind residents of fireworks rules 12-20-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE POLICE CHIEF
PHONE: 961-2244
DECEMBER 20, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

The Police 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. Friday, New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2004, until 1 a.m. Saturday, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2005. The use of fireworks at any other time is prohibited.

Residents who want to set off fireworks must pay a fee of $25 for a permit, which allows them to set off no more than 5,000 firecrackers.

As in the past, state law prohibits the use of aerial bombs and displays without a special permit.

State law defines “aerial common fireworks” as any firework “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 about above the ground and which is prohibited for use by any person who does not have a permit for public display issued by a county….”

Prohibited fireworks include jumping jacks, flying pigs, rockets, helicopters, satellites, roman candles, mines and shells.

Common fireworks allowed without a permit include cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks, sparklers and salutes.

It’s 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 officials; or set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of any hospital, convalescent home or home for the elderly.

It is also illegal to set off fireworks on any highway, alley, street or sidewalk or in any park or within 1,000 feet of any building used for public worship while services are being held.

Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from purchasing, possessing or igniting any fireworks unless they are under the immediate supervision and control of their 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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