Aerial enforcement - Hawaii News

Not only were more fireworks citations issued this year than last, almost 500 more complaints were made By Gregg K. Kakesako POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 05, 2010 Return to Paginated View Police officers issued 93 citations for the illegal use of fireworks this New Year's, an increase from 14 handed out over the same period in 2008. Full Story
TVMAN

United States

#45 Jan 5, 2010
The REAL problem is the importing of illegal fireworks. I'm talking about the kind seen at public displays on 4th of July, etc. These are coming in by ship and no one's checking the containers. As mentioned by other posters, the criminal element has a good control over the docks so no one gets caught. You can't expect the police to catch people because it's nearly impossible and the people who play the illegals know this. You want to make significant inroads in getting to the source and in a couple of years, the reduction will be noticeable. I say couple of years because some of these people have probably stockpiled for future events.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#46 Jan 5, 2010
Kimo wrote:
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So, why aren't you in IRAQ/PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN--if you enjoy such violence and civil disobediance? Can't collect your Welfare Check there..?
kimo is spot-on
TVMAN

United States

#48 Jan 5, 2010
It just occurred to me that if it's this easy to import illegal fireworks into this state, it would be just as easy to import weapons of mass destruction by some terrorist group. Terrorist group can have a field day wreaking havoc in these islands. In fact, who's to say it hasn't already begun. Apparently, this state and Homeland Security is doing very little in this area. Be very scared!
Cops to Blame

Honolulu, HI

#49 Jan 5, 2010
Too bad the media can't just publish what they already know. Cops are responsible in one way or another for a lot of the illegal fireworks that are being set off. They are either buying or selling it, setting them off, or just witnessing it at their friend's house and not doing a thing. Yeah, they ramped up their citations this year, but that's a joke. Want to try reporting your neighbor whose a cop and you need to be a witness? I wouldn't and I know people who don't. The only people that got citations probably didn't know any cops. Just gotta accept that some things won't change and appreciate all the things that come with living in Hawaii, good and bad. Rather hear these annoying booms for a few nights than deal with snow in the east for weeks at a time. No matter what though, it's sad when innocent people get hurt or lose something just because another person wanted to play a firework. Happy New Year.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#50 Jan 5, 2010
TVman is spot-on. I worry about the same

Since: Aug 09

Aiea, HI

#51 Jan 5, 2010
local wrote:
Fireworks will never be banned because of the money it brings in. When and if they catch the vendor, the courts should fine that person or persons $25,000 and two years in jail under federal law. Also the feds should crack down the docks. Alot of the dock workers have access to the aerial fireworks before it hits the streets.
Agree w/ u but HPD needs to be looking for the illegal fireworks year around because it will start arriving soon. Not in November, they just got lucky. Some of the shipments start arriving around March and slowly trickle in through out the year. HPD is trying but rumor has it some of them are the very ones
who has it too.
fifty-five plus

Honolulu, HI

#53 Jan 5, 2010
I believe the majority of residents would welcome a complete ban of all fireworks. These same folks however will not actively pursue or support this for fear that someone they know will be offended. It's unfortunate that the few people who disreagrd the law may take away the privilege to celebrate with "legal" fireworks.

Ban all fireworks, it's just gotten totally out-of-control and a matter of time before more people are seriously injured.
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#54 Jan 5, 2010
Hold the welfare checks up until a few days after New Years. That will shut down about 99% of the bombers.
Mobetta

Honolulu, HI

#55 Jan 5, 2010
From our vantage point @ the Pearl One, the cross fire between Aiea and Pearl City ridges really starting heating up around 10 pm.
The loudest booms & largest aerials came from Aiea.
Pearl City had the most aerials a bit smaller but went from the top of the ridge down to H1.
Amazing if nobody got caught or arrested because this was 3 hours of non stop aerial displays.
But the aerial show was spectacular and ended at 12:30.

Since: Feb 09

Honolulu, HI

#60 Jan 5, 2010
A lot of valid point here. I'm sitting on the fence, per se. I don't agree with a total ban for cultural reasons yet on the other hand I hate watching televisions and KABOOM!!! one of those damn bombs go off setting off car alarms and shaking the house. I think what should be done is in line with taxation applied to alcohol and tobacco; increase taxes on fire works as a first step. Second, restrict the hours that fireworks are allowed on New Year's and July 4th. Introducing legislation for stiffer penalties for a twice a year occurence seems overboard but maybe have more ariel shows throughout the island at different times for the professionals to run. This might encourage the amatuers to enjoy the show....
TAX FIREWORKS

Honolulu, HI

#61 Jan 5, 2010
Place a Tax just like Cigarettes and Alcohol on them, so eventually cutting the amount of Permits purchased, which should be doubled as well. If you cut the neighborhoods off from street displays and discourage the use, maybe the families would go to the public areas for viewing displays put on by the State. No matter what is decided it’s still, Money-up-in-smoke in a time of economic turmoil. Sad to see an individual purchase up to $1000 in legal fireworks and yet notice the Keiki standing in line with excitement and anticipation have no slipper’s on – get no food, no slipper’s, phone and HECO not paid yet, but get plenty kala’ for da sparklers and fire cracker’s !!!.. Oh no-fo-get school bus fare and lunch now too !!! Place a Tax on them for the Fourth of July and New Years – this is my personal opinion and suggestion, to prioritize and feed and bus our Keiki to schools; and allow public displays of aerials put on by City and County or the State; what ever works !!!

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#62 Jan 5, 2010
local wrote:
Fireworks will never be banned because of the money it brings in. When and if they catch the vendor, the courts should fine that person or persons $25,000 and two years in jail under federal law. Also the feds should crack down the docks. Alot of the dock workers have access to the aerial fireworks before it hits the streets.
That is not money brought into the state. It is money spent by idiots in a market that probably is not taxed (illegal). Money that could be spent on other things that are taxed instead. Money that would contribute to the economy.
Smooth Al

AOL

#63 Jan 5, 2010
No need enforcement!!!!!!!!
Annabel

Honolulu, HI

#64 Jan 5, 2010
realmerv wrote:
And if you don't want to put up with the smoke from the fireworks on New Years eve, take a vacation to Hilo where we don't have much smoke as you do on Oahu. We also had very few illegal aerial fireworks to view this past New Year's eve.
I want to get out of this war zone! Is it QUIET in Hilo on New Years' Eve? Pls recommend a HOTEL. Thank you!
couplewords

San Mateo, CA

#65 Jan 5, 2010
Bomber wrote:
My Kailua looked and sounded more like Baghdad! Illegal aerials seem to be sneaking in to the state at an alarming rate. Hmm probably the same chinee mann who get da small kine.
You like dis wun or yu like DiSS wun. Dis wun fi dullah moa. Blow up da neighba too!
Hey, watch what you say majority of the locals are part Chinee! Bum-bye we come by your house make you shark bait!
Islandwide Insecurity

Honolulu, HI

#66 Jan 5, 2010
The ability for those people who are able to smuggle in these illegal fireworks pass the Homeland Security system should make us all feel good about how the federal government protects against any future terrorist actions.
Our local terrorist network is far superior than any enforcement agency. Plus they are supported by thousands of customers who know that the government has no intention to lock up hundreds maybe thousands of law breakers.
It's in your face and in your ears attitude.
Ban-aid, maybe but ban illegals. Impossible.
Next subject.
kainoa

Honolulu, HI

#67 Jan 5, 2010
Save Hawaiis NewYears wrote:
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I'm so tired listening to people complain about ONE of the things that makes Hawaii special... "too much smoke, too much noise, blah blah blah". It's ONE night out of the entire year people. Yeah, I know that people set them off early, and it's usually after Thanksgiving, but so what?? Would you buy a house or a car without seeing what it looks like? If you can't deal with it, then go back to the mainland where you belong.
All of my life growing up in Hawaii we had fireworks for New Year's Eve, but they never included 3-16 inch shells. What kind people light these off close to houses, what idiots. How many of these idiots are drunk too. They is stupid. It puts people's lives and property in danger. There's a reason professional grade fireworks are set off by professionals AWAY from the people and their houses.

I have no problem with firecrackers and Class C (consumer grade) aerials. But these big Class B shells have no business being set off in residential neighborhoods by drunk mokes. Nothing good can come out of this.
woohoo

Kihei, HI

#68 Jan 5, 2010
realmerv wrote:
If you really want to get rid of the illegal aerial fireworks, you need to give the police some incentives. Just give the police officer who catches someone setting off illegal fireworks half of the fine and you will have them racing to each site where aerials are being launched.
And if you don't want to put up with the smoke from the fireworks on New Years eve, take a vacation to Hilo where we don't have much smoke as you do on Oahu. We also had very few illegal aerial fireworks to view this past New Year's eve.
Here's an incentive. When HPD finds the place. The officer get to own the house.
woohoo

Kihei, HI

#70 Jan 5, 2010
kainoa wrote:
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All of my life growing up in Hawaii we had fireworks for New Year's Eve, but they never included 3-16 inch shells. What kind people light these off close to houses, what idiots. How many of these idiots are drunk too. They is stupid. It puts people's lives and property in danger. There's a reason professional grade fireworks are set off by professionals AWAY from the people and their houses.
I have no problem with firecrackers and Class C (consumer grade) aerials. But these big Class B shells have no business being set off in residential neighborhoods by drunk mokes. Nothing good can come out of this.
One house in waimanalo found that out. The car alarms went off and from 3 homes away not to mention ground zero, it felt like being hit all over, with a baseball bat.
GoWarriors

Honolulu, HI

#71 Jan 5, 2010
bluemoki wrote:
The problem is no one is thoroughly inspecting shipments coing into our state. Now with budget cuts its getting worse. We are only seeing the tip of this iceberg. So much is coming in illegally, they know it can't all be detected. Now we're starting to see snakes on the Big Island, who knows what else is coming in to destroy our lovely paradise!
I agree they need to stop the stuff from coming in, it's not like we manufacturer aerials in Hawaii. Instead of having all those cops patrolling and responding to complaints. Why don't they just send a bunch of cops to the docks / post office with their K-9's and stop it there.

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