Fire officials across the state would like the public to enjoy the Independence Day holiday and ask that people be aware of the dangers of fireworks. Improper use of fireworks can cause severe injuries and presents a significant risk of starting fires.
The following is a list of what's legal for each county:
• Honolulu (Oahu) - Firecrackers
• Hawaii (Big Island) - Nonaerial common fireworks
• Maui - Nonaerial common fireworks; consumer fireworks (sparklers, snakes, fountains no higher than 12 feet)
• Kauai - Firecrackers, consumer fireworks (sparklers, snakes, fountains)
On Oahu, firecrackers will be sold to those with permits until 8 p.m. on July 4. They may be set off between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 4. Licensed retailers shall not sell more than 5,000 individual firecrackers per permit. Firecracker permits for New Year's Eve will be sold until Friday, Dec. 19.
On the Big Island, fireworks may be used on July 4 between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.
On Maui, fireworks may be used on July 4 between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. None of the local retailers are selling firecrackers. Fireworks will be sold to those with permits until 8 p.m. on July 4.
On Kauai, fireworks can be used between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 4. Up to 5,000 non-aerial individual firecracker units may be purchased.
Fireworks Safety Tips
• Use only approved fireworks from a licensed retail outlet that posts its retail license.
• Always read and follow warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer to ensure the safe handling and use of fireworks.
• Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building, or animal.
• Never ignite fireworks indoors. Ensure your outdoor area is safe for fireworks use.
• Fireworks should only be lighted on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry vegetation, and flammable materials.
• Do not string fireworks on utility poles.
• Keep any type of ladder, pole, or tie lines used to set up fireworks at least ten feet from power lines.
• Never ignite fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Have a garden hose or a bucket of water ready in the event of a fire.
• Fireworks must not be used by persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
• When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.
• Never attempt to reignite malfunctioning fireworks.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Never experiment with homemade fireworks, as they are dangerous and illegal.
Honolulu General Fireworks Prohibitions
It is unlawful for any person in Honolulu to:
• Throw ignited fireworks at a person or an animal.
• Throw ignited fireworks from above the first floor of any building.
• Throw ignited fireworks from, at, or into a vehicle.
• Set off fireworks on public ways, in parks, cane fields, or places of worship.
• Set off fireworks on public beaches or in forest or wildlife preserves.
• Set off fireworks in school buildings or on school grounds.
• Set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of hospitals, health and elderly care facilities, and facilities for animal care, including the zoo.
• Set off fireworks within 500 feet from a hotel.
• Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors. Honolulu’s fireworks ordinance makes it illegal for minors to use firecrackers in Honolulu, even with adult supervision.
• Possess or use aerial fireworks, unless the Fire Chief of the HFD issues a display permit per Chapter 132D, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS).
• Transport fireworks in carry-on or checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.
• Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.
Maui 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, set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except that which parents or guardians may allow the minor to use while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult.
Fireworks are prohibited in national parks, including the Fourth of July, according to federal law.