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Fireworks permits available June 29

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Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira has announced fireworks permits will be issued beginning Wednesday, June 29, at limited locations for the upcoming 4th of July celebration.

The sites are:

* Fire Administration Office at the County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2501, in Hilo, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 29-July 1

* Fire Prevention Kona Office located at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Bldg E, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 29-July 1

* Pinky’s in Papaikou

* Thunder Fireworks, 75-1022 Henry Street, Kailua-Kona

Each $25 permit entitles the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers. Permits will be issued to a person 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable.

Setting off of fireworks is allowable only 1-9 p.m. July 4. Permits, if purchased, should be visibly displayed at the site of use on the day at the time of the firing.

Persons who fail to follow all rules and regulations may have their permit revoked.

The recent ban on consumer fireworks implemented on Oahu does not affect Hawaii County. Firecrackers (with a valid permit), and consumer fireworks will be allowed to be set off during the approved hours of 1-9 p.m. July 4th only.

Oliveira reminds the public it is illegal to:

* Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks;
* Throw fireworks from a moving vehicle;
* Set off any fireworks at any time not within the time periods as permitted;
* Set off any fireworks within 1,000 feet of any operating hospital, nursing home, home for the elderly or animal hospital;
In any school building or on any school grounds and yards on any occasion
* Set off any fireworks on any highway, alley, street, sidewalk or other public way; in any park, or within 1,000 feet of a church during the periods when services are held.

It is illegal for any person to offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minor to possess, purchase, sell, or set off, ignite, or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except under the immediate supervision of an adult.

The Hawaii Fire Department also asks everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks:

* Use care when setting off fireworks.
* Children playing with fireworks must be under adult supervision.
* Even the smallest of fireworks can cause serious injuries.
* Fireworks should be set off in a safe area away from any dry grass or flammable materials.
* Dispose of used fireworks properly, and have water or a fire extinguisher on hand in case of a fire.

Permits are not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers.

Fireworks sales will not begin until June 29 and end at 8 p.m. July 4.

There will be public fireworks displays:

* 8 p.m. Coconut Island in Hilo
* 8:30 p.m. Barge off-shore Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona
* 8 p.m. Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa

For more information on purchasing fireworks permits, or the use of fireworks, call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 or 323-4760.

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