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
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Manoa mango

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jan 5, 2010
As New Years approached I really prayed for rain. Apparently the man upstairs granted my wish because it did rain in Manoa. Everyone thinks HPD was sleeping on the job but as we see they were out there against all odds. They did indeed make some arrest and issue some viloations.I believe that some who called them chickened out when it was necessay to file witness reports. These firework enthusiast when seeing a patrol car in the area that they were firing from hide like thieves in the night. Well I am glad another New Years is over but next year is on the horizin and we have to have a full ban of ariel fireworks in place by then. If not I have to back to praying again on New Years eve.

Since: Nov 09

Keauhou, HI

#2 Jan 5, 2010
Manoa mango wrote:
As New Years approached I really prayed for rain. Apparently the man upstairs granted my wish because it did rain in Manoa. Everyone thinks HPD was sleeping on the job but as we see they were out there against all odds. They did indeed make some arrest and issue some viloations.I believe that some who called them chickened out when it was necessay to file witness reports. These firework enthusiast when seeing a patrol car in the area that they were firing from hide like thieves in the night. Well I am glad another New Years is over but next year is on the horizin and we have to have a full ban of ariel fireworks in place by then. If not I have to back to praying again on New Years eve.
It does no good to pray for rain on New Years eve. These law breakers are going to set them off, either in the rain, or over the next several days, as in my neighborhood.
lee smith

Waipahu, HI

#3 Jan 5, 2010
This madness has to stop !!! We still have these bombs going off at different times of the day and night. I want to see what our politicians do about this major problem . Everybody I talk to says these bombs and illegal fireworks have to be banned, and heavy fines and jail time must be put in place.
God

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jan 5, 2010
Don't ban fireworks, 99% of people are responsible but the idiot 1% should be jailed and fined $10,000. That's how you stop the idiots, a big $10,000 fine for each incident should hit them in the pocket and stop them from firing those rocket bombs. Or arrest them under federal charges for terrorism. Blowing up peoples homes at random is more of terrorism then in Iraq.
HUH

Mililani, HI

#5 Jan 5, 2010
Complete ban on fireworks will only make it worst..More fires, GUNs will be the new fireworks. The mountains will be burning, rubbish can fires. HAte to say it but, HPD, and HFD will be real busy if a complete ban is put in affect. People got to stay in the house on new years, because of the rain of bullets coming down from the sky... Watch and see...
Blatant Irony

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jan 5, 2010
In my neighborhood of Kailua, Oahu we witnessed display after display several blocks away of large professional type aerial fireworks. These were very similar to the kind that are used in the annual Kailua 4th of July fireworks shows. Not the typical 1 1/2 - 3" "festival ball shells" sold as illegal aerials, but much larger. It seems that the very offenders may very well be those involved with "professional" fireworks shows with licenses to operate such displays. How do the police expect to crack down on those people? Good Luck. Ironic no?
Bomber

United States

#7 Jan 5, 2010
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!
Bubba

United States

#8 Jan 5, 2010
State Rep. K. Mark Takai, who has introduced six bills to ban fireworks needs to focus his energy to something else. He might be another politician that will be out of a job in the next election.
local

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jan 5, 2010
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.
MrLingle

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jan 5, 2010
local u rite, i know a dock worker and he had cases of 3-4 inch mortors brought in illegally...i think he bought it from the cops.but you cant stop oganized crime....to much money....those 4 inch mortars go for 250.00 a pop....moneys too good to stop bringin them in....
alice

Hanalei, HI

#12 Jan 5, 2010
Ban the nightmare!
way too late

Waipahu, HI

#14 Jan 5, 2010
The public has been shooting off illegal aerials 2-3 weeks prior to new years eve and no enforcements, why didn't HPD do anything. Cannon BOOMING noises all night 2-3 weeks before NYE, nothing being done. Do we have to wait until a little girl blows her hand off again before the Chief of Police or the Mayor steps up to say something.
Local grown

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jan 5, 2010
I'm sick of this! This was one of the worst in my neighborhood that I remember. There were two families and one continually set off aerials that only went about utility pole height. The smoke was so thick that we had windows closed before going out. Dogs in the neighborhood suffer and so do I.My neighbor with asthma sits with the a/c on all evening. BAN THEM!I'm tired of being in Ground Zero!
zat

Honolulu, HI

#16 Jan 5, 2010
Prepare for nothing to be accomplished, again.
Ban em Danno

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 5, 2010
It is unfortunate that we will pay the price because of those who abuse the privilege. However, in the interest of public safety, I agree on a total ban.
Lets Vote

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jan 5, 2010
Since we are going to vote for a new governor in 2010, let's put this on the ballot and let the people decide.
Duh

Kihei, HI

#19 Jan 5, 2010
Why don't they just arrest the people who are possessing illegal fireworks? Why do they have to observe them in the act? Isn't possession illegal? The fine may be smaller but at least it sends the right message.

Pretty easy to see who is in possession, just look at the mess in the street.
Recycling is the future

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jan 5, 2010
The city is partly to blame for the increased use of aerials. By banning firecrackers without a permit, they've helped create the illegal fireworks economy.
Greatwall

Honolulu, HI

#21 Jan 5, 2010
This is already insane, every year it's the same old thing, a few arrests and citations, fireworks-related injuries, fires and breathing problems, repeated calls for a bill banning all fireworks, the bill being struck down. Does anyone want to bet we'll repeat this all the same time next year.

The culture argument for keeping some fireworks legal is all BS, the trans-atlantic slave trade was once culture, that's doesn't mean it's right. Everyone please contact your representatives if you favor a complete ban. Maybe they will one day get the message, although i'm not hopeful at all.

Poi Boy

AOL

#22 Jan 5, 2010
Forget it Takai, move to Afghanistan, they got their own kind of fireworks!!!!!!!!

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