Schofield will host authorized fireworks

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs



SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Fireworks are not allowed on any Army installation; however, commercial fireworks for holiday celebrations are allowed as long as professional contractors produce them.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will host an authorized, professional fireworks display at 8:30 p.m., July 4, here.

However, even though trained professionals will be setting the fireworks off, bystanders should still take precautions, said Gerald Hilliard, safety specialist, Installation Safety Office, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. Spectators will need to stay away from the firing points in the Commissary and Flagview Mall parking lots, he said.

“The main point is to respect the posted ‘do not enter’ signs posted at the Commissary parking lot,” Hilliard said.

Department of the Army police will be posted near the commissary parking lot; plus, military police will be patrolling the area.

Hilliard stressed that post residents, workers and visitors must remember, “Sparklers and fireworks are not allowed on military installations.”

Off-post guidelines

The Honolulu Fire Department reminds the public that all fireworks are illegal, except standard firecrackers.

Further, consumers may only purchase firecrackers for use on New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year’s Day, Fourth of July and for cultural uses.

A firecracker permit is required. Each firecracker permit costs $25 and authorizes the purchase of up to 5,000 firecrackers. Firecracker permits must be displayed where firecrackers are used.

It’s unlawful for minors — youth under 18 years of age — to set off, ignite or otherwise cause firecrackers to explode.

Adults who purchase authorized fireworks for off-post use should be careful. The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges consumers to be “fireworks smart” before, during and after lighting firecrackers:

•Choose an open area away from spectators, homes, buildings and dry vegetation.

•Use a garden hose to wet down the area before lighting firecrackers.

•As each firecracker burns out, soak it using a hose or bucket of water.

•Place all used items in a covered, fireproof container. Leave it outside and away from homes and buildings.


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