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Police Encourage Reporting of Illegal Aerial Fireworks

by Thunda

Hawaiʻi Island police, concerned about illegal aerial fireworks, are asking for the public’s assistance in reporting information about the location of these dangerous and illegal pyrotechnic devices, as well as the identity of people in possession of them.

It is unlawful for any person without a valid permit to set off aerial fireworks. People who violate this law could be found guilty of a misdemeanor or Class C felony.

Hawai‘i Island residents who obtain a pyrotechnic permit may only set off fireworks between 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31, and 1 a.m. New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, 2021. Even with a fireworks permit, it is against the law to set off fireworks at any other time during the holiday season.

Please remember that anyone igniting aerial pyrotechnic displays risk not only their life but also the lives of loved ones nearby and potentially neighbors as well.

Anyone having information about the location of illegal fireworks is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or 911 if it is an emergency situation.

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