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
Max

Hilo, HI

#72 Jan 5, 2010
I love fireworks. Did not think I would agree with a ban on them until this year came round. The 'bombs' were going off starting around Thanksgiving during the day, and, night. The inconsiderate bunch who do this are ruining something alot of people enjoy. How are you suppossed to feel when your neighborhood sounds like there is some kind of war going on? Car alarms going off-babies crying-dogs howling--yeah that's how New Years' suppossed to be? Some people don't give a rip about other people.
LOL

Honolulu, HI

#73 Jan 5, 2010
Where's the Department of Homeland Security in all of this, you know, border protection?

If all of these fireworks are getting in, organized crime or not, how are we going to stop a terrorist attack taking place in our ports.

i.e. think exploding shipping container sent from elsewhere.

btw, never mind all the stolen cars that leave the isles via shipping containers.
Boombastic

Honolulu, HI

#77 Jan 5, 2010
Duh wrote:
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.
Your screen name(Duh)suits you. Maybe we should have you go look in every house without a search warrant. BTW search warrants aren't easy to get. And most of the illegal fireworks are being carefully hidden.
Boombastic

Honolulu, HI

#78 Jan 5, 2010
Doggie wrote:
<quoted text>
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!!
NO burning your money is not the same thing, theres no bang. But you can still go to jail for burning money, that's illegal too.
Thats It

Honolulu, HI

#80 Jan 5, 2010
Duh wrote:
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.
No, this would not work.

Think about it. You live on a street with neighbors setting off illegal fireworks so you call 911 to report it. They tell you that police will be dispatched to your area, HPD gets there and does not see anyone setting off illegal fireworks. But sees a mess on the street. HPD questions people in the area and your neighbors say it was you who set off the illegal fireworks. So HPD, questions you and you tell HPD, "Uh I was the one who called to complain." Officer says, "but your neighbors are blaming you for setting off the illegal fireworks." Now what are you going to do. Is your argument going to be, "well if you look at the mess it's on their side of the street." HPD, "well how do we know you didn't set off the fireworks on their side of the street?"

Possession of illegal fireworks is against the law, but you are forgetting about the main operative word, "possession." If it's not witnessed by the arresting officer, it will not hold up in court and the case will be dropped.

An all out ban will not materialize. More enforcement will not stop them. If people want to do illegal things, they will continue to do illegal things.

How many people do you see still using their cell phones, while driving? Isn't it illegal, but people still do it. So, what does that tell you.
soho

Honolulu, HI

#81 Jan 5, 2010
The illegal fireworks come in via ships.
Option A: TSA, ATF, FBI, Homeland Security, HPD
Who is responsible for checking the
ships at the docks? I smell a really
valid class action lawsuit against some
or all of them
Option B: Call or write your legislators to tell
them to ban all consumer fireworks
Option C: Just bang your head against the wall
for the next 359 days
Thats It

Honolulu, HI

#82 Jan 5, 2010
Max wrote:
I love fireworks. Did not think I would agree with a ban on them until this year came round. The 'bombs' were going off starting around Thanksgiving during the day, and, night. The inconsiderate bunch who do this are ruining something alot of people enjoy. How are you suppossed to feel when your neighborhood sounds like there is some kind of war going on? Car alarms going off-babies crying-dogs howling--yeah that's how New Years' suppossed to be? Some people don't give a rip about other people.
I love fireworks too. There are a lot of inconsiderate people out there. But what can you do, absolutely nothing. It's just one of those things that we must live with. My advice to you, fight the battles worth fighting and surrender to the battles you will lose. No sense stressing over an issue that will result in nothing. The only option, is an all out ban on all fireworks; from sparklers to pop pops, etc. But for people like you and me, we lose in the end, because we abide by the law, and you know the saying, "the law punishes the innocent."
Hawaii War Zone

Ewa Beach, HI

#83 Jan 5, 2010
An 11-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were critically burned just after midnight New Year's Day when they were playing with fireworks in the bed of the family's pickup truck in Wailuku.

Police said a loud boom was heard, and all of the fireworks in the truck bed were ignited. The children's' clothing caught on fire, police said.

Medics responded and transported the victims to Maui Memorial Medical Center. Both were later transported to Kapiolani Medical Center by Medic Air in critical condition.

Patrol officers located several homemade fireworks at the scene, including aluminum cans that were duct-taped together.
About Time

Makawao, HI

#84 Jan 5, 2010
Funny,because in my neighborhood the neighbors that burn illegal fire works are a Correctional officer and his family, a Fireman and his family and a business owner and his family. They can afford to burn money and get away with breaking the laws. They've broken other laws and got away with it because they throw their "status". I know because I've seen it done. Things that make you go hhmmmmmm... Corruption! Discrimination! Serve and protect, employees of govenrnment that really should be setting an example.
ban

Honolulu, HI

#86 Jan 5, 2010
A ban on all fireworks is long overdue for the entire state. It's the only way to bring the madness under control on Oahu. Sorry, neighbor islands... hey, some of you didn't want the Superferry, either.
HUH

Mililani, HI

#87 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.
sorry , but the dock workers do not have access to the containers. cameras are all over the pier. the load has to be taken off the dock to be opened.they get there own trucker to get it.
numbchucks

Kihei, HI

#88 Jan 5, 2010
Boombastic wrote:
<quoted text>
NO burning your money is not the same thing, theres no bang. But you can still go to jail for burning money, that's illegal too.
Wanna see better "bang" for you buck? Throw it off of the H-1 freeway. How does one go to jail for burning money? Do the serial numbers light up a switchboard at 911? What is illegal about burning money? Maybe you mean that its illegal to print money. Burning it(money) does not hurt the economy. Only printing it(money) hurts the economy. Burning money only hurts the one who does the burning. They then need to check into a mental hospital for assistance.
whitetrash

Honolulu, HI

#89 Jan 5, 2010
more fireworks please!!!!!!!!!
Honolulu Resident

AOL

#90 Jan 5, 2010
A total ban of fireworks, except for approved, controlled, licensed aerial displays, is the answer. It is no longer just a question of noisy firecrackers and a smoke filled atmosphere. It has become a contest to see which of the terrorists-in-training can build the biggest bomb...and yes, they are bombs. If it were possible, huge fines would be an answer, but the police will tell you the cannot enforce the laws. By the time they get to the scene of an explosion, the criminals have gone into their homes and none of the neighbors dare to tell on them, for fear of retribution. Hundreds of thousands of violations from October through New Year's Eve and beyond, and nothing can be done about it?
Pongie

Aiea, HI

#91 Jan 5, 2010
HPD does not do container searches at the docks at the point of entry. That is where the enforcement needs to be, at the docks!!! Once it reachesthe streets, IT IS TOO LATE!!!
How do you expect HPD to stop a hole in a dam, with his finger?!!
Come on people, get real. Quit your whining and moaning about HPD, cuz that is not the problem. Arrest people for using fireworks, but how many officers are there working during a shift per district? You arrest one and where does the officer go? Off the road and into the station to write reports. So get a dozen arrests and the WHOLE DISTRICT IS IN THE STATIONS WRITING REPORTS. Who is going to deal with the rest of the frivolous complaints that you morons are calling in?! Whose going to deal with all those drunk idiots? Ugh....
Wake Up

Koloa, HI

#92 Jan 6, 2010
About Time wrote:
Funny,because in my neighborhood the neighbors that burn illegal fire works are a Correctional officer and his family, a Fireman and his family and a business owner and his family. They can afford to burn money and get away with breaking the laws. They've broken other laws and got away with it because they throw their "status". I know because I've seen it done. Things that make you go hhmmmmmm... Corruption! Discrimination! Serve and protect, employees of govenrnment that really should be setting an example.
this is how this state is run, you don't think someone is turning a blind eye at the docks, cops, etc. no change ever for this state.
lokal boi

Honolulu, HI

#93 Jan 6, 2010
so many complaints...but only 93 sited....those were the ones that werent govt officials.
Pussin booties

Folsom, CA

#94 Jan 6, 2010
pongie makes sense!!!
Pongie wrote:
HPD does not do container searches at the docks at the point of entry. That is where the enforcement needs to be, at the docks!!! Once it reachesthe streets, IT IS TOO LATE!!!
How do you expect HPD to stop a hole in a dam, with his finger?!!
Come on people, get real. Quit your whining and moaning about HPD, cuz that is not the problem. Arrest people for using fireworks, but how many officers are there working during a shift per district? You arrest one and where does the officer go? Off the road and into the station to write reports. So get a dozen arrests and the WHOLE DISTRICT IS IN THE STATIONS WRITING REPORTS. Who is going to deal with the rest of the frivolous complaints that you morons are calling in?! Whose going to deal with all those drunk idiots? Ugh....
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#95 Jan 6, 2010
I hope the mutts are out of bombs by June, at least.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#96 Jan 6, 2010
leg is made up of cowards and incompetents

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