Aerial enforcement - Hawaii News

Aerial enforcement - Hawaii News

There are 92 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jan 5, 2010, titled Aerial enforcement - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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.

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Kaneohe, HI

#23 Jan 5, 2010
The "bombs" are made from wrapping the legal fireworks together with tape. Green sparklers work well for this. Unless you ban ALL fireworks the problem will continue. There are many prominent people involved in the fireworks trade so don't expect much from the local government, it's going to take the BATF to get involved.

Laie, HI

#24 Jan 5, 2010
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!

Maunaloa, HI

#25 Jan 5, 2010
Why don't HFD use their helecopters to air drop water where the ariels are launched. That will put a "damper" on things.
Volleyball fan

Honolulu, HI

#26 Jan 5, 2010
alice wrote:
Ban the nightmare!
For one I agree with you there. But don't ban volleyball, never!

Kihei, HI

#27 Jan 5, 2010
A new mind set has to be encouraged. Is it simple to engineer the "BANG" out of fireworks? They now have a milder sounding firecracker. Why not an Aerial that won't pull nails loose?

Kailua Kona, HI

#28 Jan 5, 2010
The Aerials dont cause fires they fizzle out in the air..instead step up to the plate and do a dock check dammit!!
my 2 cents

Honolulu, HI

#29 Jan 5, 2010
If they have a total ban on recreational fireworks they need to push for a total ban on professional displays as well. They leave a whole bunch of rubbish in the ocean.

Waipahu, HI

#30 Jan 5, 2010
It seems to me that the major complaint is about the aerial fireworks and the government wants to ban it. I always thought that aerials are illegal! If that is true than the government wants to ban something that is already illegal to have. Make no sense to me. My opinion is that the only way to stop it is to stop it from coming into our state. That is were the enforcement should be. Banning it will not stop it.
My 2-Cents

Wahiawa, HI

#31 Jan 5, 2010
I've been setting off firecrackers for over fifty years. It has always been a family tradition to hang firecrackers on a pole in front of our house. My father did it, I did it........ and now my sons are taking over.
Along come some idiots with aerial bombs that rock the neighborhood and spoil years of family tradition for all of us.
More effort should be made at the port of entry.
Imagine....if illegal fireworks can make it to our shores.... how 'bout "dirty bombs" or other "weapons of mass destruction" arriving in containers from foreign destinations.
Come on feds.... wake up before it's to late.
Forget banning traditional firecrackers!!

Honolulu, HI

#32 Jan 5, 2010
Joe wrote:
Why don't HFD use their helecopters to air drop water where the ariels are launched. That will put a "damper" on things.
OMG! You are kill'n me...Babooze! Go take your meds babes.
I want my peace and quiet

Mililani, HI

#33 Jan 5, 2010
The "Bombs" being going off in my neighborhood of McCully since before Thanksgiving and everday after New Year's. WTF! I'm sick and tired of this nuisance! 8PM, 10PM, 1 AM, 3AM, 5AM it goes on and on everyday!!! I love fireworks, but this bomb type is driving us crazy. People need to go to work. I think if more and more people complain, the stronger for enforcement. Get involved, call your legislators and pass the law to ban fireworks. More should be done from having this imported into the state. Higher fines of $5,000 and up and longer jail time is what is needed. Don't give up the fight. It's you're right to speak out.
Get Real

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#34 Jan 5, 2010
If the cops would put as much work into finding drugs, rapist and murderers as they did looking for illegal fireworks, Hawaii would be a much better place to live, Tax fireworks and make money not make furlough's.

Honolulu, HI

#36 Jan 5, 2010
It is frustrating to not be able to enjoy New Years Eve. Please BAN all firework sales in Hawai'i, Legislators!Make the BAN effective in time for the 4th 2010.

Wahiawa, HI

#37 Jan 5, 2010
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the fireworks show celebrating the new year. I was amazed at the money spent on some great stuff. I did put in my ear plugs though after 1 AM and I still felt the shudders of the big bombs. My view from my hill was spectacular.

Honolulu, HI

#38 Jan 5, 2010
I just love that sound of blasting, can't get enough of it...the bigger the bang the BETTER!

So stop whinning you wimps and get used to it!
Save Hawaiis NewYears

Waipahu, HI

#39 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.
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.

Wahiawa, HI

#40 Jan 5, 2010
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.

Honolulu, HI

#41 Jan 5, 2010
This article is complete nonsense! I stayed with friends in "upper Kalihi Valley/Kalihi Street," and spent the whole evening outdoors watching the amazing displays of illegal fireworks--far superior to Aloha Tower and/or Ala Moana Beach Park--and NOT ONCE DID HPD TRAVEL UP OR DOWN THE STREET and/or cite one person! With the Kona Winds it was devastating and moreover many residents were actually shooting off DYNAMITE CAPS/EXPLOSIVES and shooting rockets out of long metal tubes, such that the fireworks would travel in HEAVILY WOODED AREAS. Had it not been for the heavy rains we had the prior weeks--the entire hillsides would have surely burned and caused major damage... It's time to realize and address the issues that HPD are themselves the major criminals and offender's in this town and pretend to do their jobs, while in reality they collude, are complicit, and themselves encourabgeable... The majority of HPD officers are either Sociopaths and/or PSYCHOPATHS themselves..! What a disgrace! Maybe we need to import more Police Officers from Las Vegas--they seem to know how to enforce the laws and are not COMPORMISED!

Aiea, HI

#42 Jan 5, 2010
Bubba wrote:
I just love that sound of blasting, can't get enough of it...the bigger the bang the BETTER!
So stop whinning you wimps and get used to it!
You must be on welfare and/or homeless since you don't have to work the next day after having bombs at 3:00 am waking you up. You also must love to abuse animals too, since they are all terrorized for months with bombs going off. Why don't you just burn your money - it's the same thing!!

Honolulu, HI

#44 Jan 5, 2010
Bubba wrote:
I just love that sound of blasting, can't get enough of it...the bigger the bang the BETTER!
So stop whinning you wimps and get used to it!
So, why aren't you in IRAQ/PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN--if you enjoy such violence and civil disobediance? Can't collect your Welfare Check there..?

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