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A Straub doctor is seeing more fireworks-related injuries, including burns that could have long-term effects By Rosemarie Bernardo POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2010 Return to Paginated View A prominent Honolulu burn doctor reports a sharp rise over the last week in patients seeking treatment for fireworks-related injuries.

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Von

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Wonderful !
I LOVE FIRECRACKERS

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Sorry anti-fireworks folks. Tradition dating back past all you complainers, both new and old the island is to prevail. Long live firecrackers. Bring back the Duck and Peacock Brand and lets get ready to blow off more steam come July 4. Yee Haw!!!!!!
Concerned

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Where were the parents of the two children in the bed of the truck? If parents can't teach their children about the dangers of fireworks, we will continue to see injuries. I don't believe in banning fireworks completely; only more strict control to prevent injuries and fires.
UH Graduate

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Concerned wrote:
Where were the parents of the two children in the bed of the truck? If parents can't teach their children about the dangers of fireworks, we will continue to see injuries. I don't believe in banning fireworks completely; only more strict control to prevent injuries and fires.
Where were the parents? Come on! Spawning fish are better parents. They were drinkin' and tokin' there chronic no doubt.
Bubba

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#5
Jan 6, 2010
 
This is what happen's when you have parents don't watch or supervise their kids when playing with fireworks. This article is trying to make a case to ban fireworks.
Big John - Hawaii Kai

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Jan 6, 2010
 
I find it interesting that there is only one comment from Island residents, yet there are 3 from California and 1 from Japan.

I have e-mailed our legislators urging them, this session, to pass legislation banning personal fireworks Statewide. Thusfar, supporting such legislation via return e-mail is Sen Mike Gabbard, Sen Fred Hemmings, Rep Cynthia Thielen, and Rep Barbara Marumoto. Other legislators have remained silent as of today. I wonder why? Remember, this is an election year legislators!
Big John - Hawaii Kai

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Again the citizens of this great State have suffered through the smoke and noise of fireworks with the New Year's eve celebration. I cannot understand how our elected leaders (legislators) have and still continue to not take positive action on behalf of the majority of the citizens to ban all personal firework displays.

One may argue using "custom" as an excuse for adult childish behavior, yet even in China, the birthplace of fireworks, most metro areas have banned personal firework displays. Other Asian nations have also banned the use of personal fireworks.

One only has to look at the negative side of the use of personal firework displays to see that this act is both childish and dangerous.

1) 175,000 citizens of this State suffer from some form of breathing difficulties.

2) The disruption of sleep of infants and young children, not to mention the psychological impact of the noise generated.

3) Injuries of both adults and children in handling personal fireworks.

4) Fires started by wayward fireworks to both State land and personal property (land, homes, etc.).

5) Pets who suffered from the smoke and noise of said fireworks.

6) Additional cost for responding Fire Departments and Police Departments.

7) Additional cost to homeowners in electrical demands for air conditioning during the period fireworks are allowed.

It is time to end this form of personal entertainment. As our elected representatives, it behooves you to take action during this next session to eliminate this costly form of entertainment.
bruddah Minnesota

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Jan 6, 2010
 
This is a problem that will not ever go away,even though a bill is passed about the usage of fireworks. It's the parents responsiblity about their keikis playing with fireworks. As far as accidents for the LOLO adults, it's their Kulenana their old enough for their actions.

During my kid time during the 60's, my parents were right there when New Years came around. Also, there were not as many different types of Fireworks to burn like everyone has now. All we had was Firecrackers, sparklers and some ground fireworks.

Auwe, to those keikis and adults who are stupid to do what they do to cause the accidents to themselves.
Village Idiot

Aiea, HI

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Jan 6, 2010
 
There is something wrong with a society that allows wannabe terrorists to have free reign to train for several months of the year under the guise of "fun." They build bombs, practice their art without fear of police intervention because law makers don't dare to offend the terrorists. One or two State lawmakers introduce bills to ban fireworks, which would solve the terrorist training problem, but the others continue to stick their heads in the sand. After all, the bombs didn't burn their house or injure their children, and they don't suffer from breathing problems and don't have pets. Why should they want to look out for the best interests of the public? Think of all the income from terrorists that they would give up if they put public safety and sanity first.
God

Honolulu, HI

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#10
Jan 6, 2010
 
Increase the fine for illegal fireworks to $20,000 each violation and arrest the parents who allow their kids to get hurt using fireworks. Don't blame the 99% of honest, careful fireworks players. But hit the bad guys hard, $20,000 fine plus jail time and arrest the skyrocket bombers for terrorism for shooting up rockets that can burn or blowup a persons home. That will stop the illegals.
Luke

Honolulu, HI

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#11
Jan 6, 2010
 
If a stupid cop shoots a person by mistake do they take away every cops gun? Then why do you want to ban fireworks when 99% of the people do it legally and safely. Get the punks who shoot the skyrocket bombs that can blow your house apart or burn it down.
Charge them with federal terrorism laws and put them in jail for 20 years or more then guarantee you won't hear any more rocket bombs.
Baby Jake

Honolulu, HI

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#12
Jan 6, 2010
 
Did you notice the most illegal fireworks and bombs were set off in Lanikai and Hawaii Kai? Who lives in those areas? Richer white guys and mainland relatives. Outsiders coming in and giving the locals a bad name. Arrest them all.
Big John - Hawaii Kai

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Again the citizens of this great State have suffered through the smoke and noise of fireworks with the New Year's eve celebration. I cannot understand how our elected leaders (legislators) have and still continue to not take positive action on behalf of the majority of the citizens to ban all personal firework displays.

One may argue using "custom" as an excuse for adult childish behavior, yet even in China, the birthplace of fireworks, most metro areas have banned personal firework displays. Other Asian nations have also banned the use of personal fireworks.

One only has to look at the negative side of the use of personal firework displays to see that this act is both childish and dangerous.

1) 175,000 citizens of this State suffer from some form of breathing difficulties.

2) The disruption of sleep of infants and young children, not to mention the psychological impact of the noise generated.

3) Injuries of both adults and children in handling personal fireworks.

4) Fires started by wayward fireworks to both State land and personal property (land, homes, etc.).

5) Pets who suffered from the smoke and noise of said fireworks.

6) Additional cost for responding Fire Departments and Police Departments.

7) Additional cost to homeowners in electrical demands for air conditioning during the period fireworks are allowed.

It is time to end this form of personal entertainment. As our elected representatives, it behooves you to take action during this next session to eliminate this costly form of entertainment.

I have e-mailed our legislators urging them, this session, to pass legislation banning personal fireworks Statewide. Thusfar, supporting such legislation via return e-mail is Sen Mike Gabbard, Sen Fred Hemmings, Rep Cynthia Thielen, and Rep Barbara Marumoto. Other legislators have remained silent as of today. I wonder why? Remember, this is an election year legislators!

alice

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Jan 6, 2010
 
ban them...duh.
leeward lolo

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Baby Jake wrote:
Did you notice the most illegal fireworks and bombs were set off in Lanikai and Hawaii Kai? Who lives in those areas? Richer white guys and mainland relatives. Outsiders coming in and giving the locals a bad name. Arrest them all.
Go to Y*o*u*t*u*b*e Waipahu fireworks December 31, 2009 and check out what is happening on the entire island of Oahu.

We need federal help here to stop the smuggling in of explosives.
What else is being smuggled in by small boats from larger boats offshore.
leeward lolo

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Big John - Hawaii Kai wrote:
I find it interesting that there is only one comment from Island residents, yet there are 3 from California and 1 from Japan.
I have e-mailed our legislators urging them, this session, to pass legislation banning personal fireworks Statewide. Thusfar, supporting such legislation via return e-mail is Sen Mike Gabbard, Sen Fred Hemmings, Rep Cynthia Thielen, and Rep Barbara Marumoto. Other legislators have remained silent as of today. I wonder why? Remember, this is an election year legislators!
Rep. Maek Takai is the only one I have heard speak out for a ban.
TVMAN

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Jan 6, 2010
 
Banning all fireworks and stiffer punishments are all fine and dandy but I question the effectiveness of these laws. If you want to make a real dent in this problem, we need to catch the importers of illegal fireworks. Given recent and past acts of terrorism abroad, I would think we'd do a thorough job of inspecting our ships. I would guess most illegals come in via this route. If I were a terrorist and knew this, I'd have a field day sending in weapons of mass destruction and wreaking havoc on our state. Visitor industry would go to nil and would destroy our state's economy. We need to do a better job of scrutinizing what comes into this state via the barges. Perhaps it's the ongoing feeling that the docks are controlled by organized crime to a large extent so if that's the case, why not hit 2 birds with 1 stone?
local

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#19
Jan 6, 2010
 
Have the fireworks vendors pay a $10,000 fee to sell fireworks to the public. Either they will pay and price the fireworks too expensive or not sell it at all. One way to control fireworks.
Back in the day

Honolulu, HI

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#20
Jan 6, 2010
 
my 7 year old brother and I (age 8) blew off Duck brand firecrackers in the street outside the house while my parents were inside partying with their friends. We never stuffed a firecracker into a mailbox, duct-taped together a couple beer cans, or tried to see what would happen if we monkeyed with the fuses. Neither one of us ever had a scratch. We weren't stupid about it.
lee smith

Waipahu, HI

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#21
Jan 6, 2010
 
One thing that would help all of us would be to vote in politicians that have common sense. Most people don`t want these bombs going off at all times day and night for months. Our Fire Dept. and Police Dept. think these things should be banned. Doctors are seeing more injuries because of fireworks. This issue, which our terrible politicians have discussed for years, should not be discussed any longer. It`s long past time for action. It`s time to stop this madness. If these politicians don`t do something to stop this madness against our way of life, it is the public`s fault for voting in these idiots!!!!!

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