The Hawaii Fire Department will be collecting unwanted, illegal or damaged fireworks at four locations islandwide on Saturday, April 27.
For information on drop-off locations and times, please call the HFD Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
According to a fire department release, improperly stored fireworks can create both a fire and public safety hazard. Stored fireworks may add to the intensity and spread of a fire and can pose serious safety concerns. They cause significant property damage, serious injuries, and even death.
Fire officials urge residents to be advised that fireworks are dangerous and utmost care must be taken to keep them away from any spark or open flame. Fireworks may be soaked in water overnight and dried prior to transporting them to one of the drop-off locations.
Acceptable items will include all types of fireworks, fountains, sparklers, firecrackers, cakes, rockets, etc.
Aerial luminary devices also will be accepted. It is illegal to buy, sell, use, possess, ignite, or cause to ignite any aerial luminary devices. An aerial luminary device is any homemade or manufactured device that has an open flame and which can be sent airborne or adrift, leaving the height and distance it travels to be determined by existing atmospheric conditions. These devices can start brushfires as well as entangle in electrical lines, and have the ability to hit an aircraft if it drifts near an airport or in the vicinity of an aircraft.
The common brands found here are “Sky Lanterns” and “Hawai‘i Lanterns.”
No other hazardous materials or explosive products will be accepted.
For more information please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona).