No Pyrotechnic Celebrations Without Permission

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Kaua’i Fire officials say a permit must be obtained from the fire department by Monday if you want to buy and set off any firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. County officials are advising the public to get your government’s permission to celebrate now to ensure that a permit can be issued in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations or you’ll either have to go without or ring in the new year by breaking the law. Besides needing permission, the county says you can only be set off the celebratory noisemakers 9:00 PM New Year’s Eve, and 1:00 AM New Years Day, and only even then if you own the property. You’ll need to be at least 18-years-old, and be able to open your wallet and shell out $25 to ask the county for a permit application. Bottle rockets and other “aerial fireworks” will require you to hire a “licensed pyro-technicians with proper permits”. Flying luminaries are prohibited by state law and it is illegal to set off fireworks on public property, including streets, sidewalks or parks. Removing the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any firework is prohibited. The government so far still allows people to purchase and use snakes, sparklers, fountains, cylindrical or cone fountains, whistles, toy smoke devices, wheels and ground spinners without special permissions or licenses.

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