Fireworks injuries fly higher - Hawaii News

The number of people injured by fireworks during New Year's is the highest in the past 10 years, according to a state official. Full Story
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quasimodo

Kaneohe, HI

#1 Jan 9, 2010
A total ban IS possible, and has been implemented in many large cities throughout the world, even in Asia, were the cultural tradition is much, much older than in Hawaii. The illegal fireworks are smuggled in with the legal ones, then people have been modifying both types to make homemade bombs. This is a federal offense, and is completely insane and has to stop. Along with the neighborhood terrorists inflicting harm on others and their property there will soon be real, full-fledged terrorists who realize that Hawaii provides the perfect combination of abundant explosives and high-profile targets. It's totally out of control when my house, which is built like a tank, shook more on New Year's Eve than in the last two earthquakes because of the bombs going off all night. I know that in many areas the bombs have been going off since October, and are STILL going off. Sorry, that is NOT a tradition--that's terroristic threatening. OUr legislators have to be step up to the plate and put public safety ahead of the concerns of the people whose selfish behavior is inflicting harm on innocent people and animals.
Illegal bombs

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 9, 2010
Hawaii tradition of fireworks will someday backfire and explode on us. These terrorist will someday figure out that they can bomb Hawaii's on New Years eve. Alkaida is always looking for opportunities to breech security to harm America. With Hawaii's relaxed ways of recieving illegal booty coming in containers these terrorist are presented with a prime oppurtunity. If they wanted to they could ship explosives here and target a tall skycraper in downtown Honolulu. Can you imagine if this happens? Whats to stop these people with Hawaii so backwards in inspections of what gets through at our piers? I don't mean to be a alarmist but it is a possisbilty. Its a fact that some of these explosives could be altered into a massive weapon and exploded at a vunerable Hawaii target. We had better wake up and smell this fact that it is possible.
DOOM and GLOOM MONGERS

Japan

#3 Jan 9, 2010
Stop the Doom and Gloom about FIREWORKS. More burnt finger statistics because more of you people all crowding up the islands. I LOVE FIREWORKS! Only twice a year, July 4th and New Years Eve do the people of the islands have the opportunity to blow off steam by burning FIREWORKS! Long live FIRECRACKERS, Hawaii tradition! Ban this, ban that, what da! All you grouches go inside your house, shut the window, medicate the dog, and take a shot of Jack Daniels. Yee Haw! I LOVE FIRECRACKERS. My mail surely will generate alot of opala trash talk, but hey, that is ALRIGHT! Long live FIRECRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!
Nui Kahakai

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jan 9, 2010
Traditional firecrackers? YES, no problem.

Today's mini bombs and privately launched skyrockets? NO!!!!
Go Figga

Wailuku, HI

#5 Jan 9, 2010
Whatevr happened to personal resposibility? This is one subject that truely gets to me.I have spoken to countless visitors from the mainland that have experienced the way that we celebrate New Year's and they were totally blown away. Some even plan their annual visit to coincide with the festivities or our island. Why don't we take this issue to the people once and for all. Let's put this issue on the ballot for this year's election. I would go along with whatever the people say. After all, isn't this the basis of a democracy? Since our lawmakers can't seem to get it together, let the people do it. Unfortunately the only ones that will count are the responsible ones that take the time to excersise their right to vote. Since every or mostly every adult has that right I see no reason why we can't do this.
Big John - Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#6 Jan 9, 2010
QUOTE. "But some say it will be difficult to impose an outright ban as fireworks have been a long tradition in Hawaii." UNQUOTE
While I didn't support the fireworks permitting process, nor turning control of fireworks over to the counties, I thought this was a fair compromise. Unfortunately though, this was not to be the case. Times were established, and ignored. As many illegal fireworks as legal fireworks became the norm. Okay, if you can't play by the rules, then just ban all but professional, organized displays on those two occasions.
NO tradition is worth one injured child, one home burnt to the ground, one person suffering from breathing difficulties so this childish tradition can continue.
Big John - Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#7 Jan 9, 2010
DOOM and GLOOM MONGERS wrote:
Stop the Doom and Gloom about FIREWORKS. More burnt finger statistics because more of you people all crowding up the islands. I LOVE FIREWORKS! Only twice a year, July 4th and New Years Eve do the people of the islands have the opportunity to blow off steam by burning FIREWORKS! Long live FIRECRACKERS, Hawaii tradition! Ban this, ban that, what da! All you grouches go inside your house, shut the window, medicate the dog, and take a shot of Jack Daniels. Yee Haw! I LOVE FIRECRACKERS. My mail surely will generate alot of opala trash talk, but hey, that is ALRIGHT! Long live FIRECRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!
STAY IN JAPAN THEN!
kai

Chicago, IL

#8 Jan 9, 2010
DOOM and GLOOM MONGERS wrote:
Stop the Doom and Gloom about FIREWORKS. More burnt finger statistics because more of you people all crowding up the islands. I LOVE FIREWORKS! Only twice a year, July 4th and New Years Eve do the people of the islands have the opportunity to blow off steam by burning FIREWORKS! Long live FIRECRACKERS, Hawaii tradition! Ban this, ban that, what da! All you grouches go inside your house, shut the window, medicate the dog, and take a shot of Jack Daniels. Yee Haw! I LOVE FIRECRACKERS. My mail surely will generate alot of opala trash talk, but hey, that is ALRIGHT! Long live FIRECRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!
You probably have a boombox and are short and ugly.
Do anything for attention in your little world.
Von

Aiea, HI

#9 Jan 9, 2010
Outlaw all fireworks.
lee smith

Waipahu, HI

#10 Jan 9, 2010
In Waipahu the bombs are still be set off. This has been going on for months, and is not fair to all good citizens. These bombs have to be stopped,like they have been stopped in most places in the United States.
windward wahine

Hanalei, HI

#11 Jan 9, 2010
We need to get over the "tradition" line when it comes to dealing with the fireworks that are ILLEGAL and the earth shattering bombs we all had to endure. THOSE are NOT tradition! I don't mind the safe, legal ones and ones that are used during the legal hours, but we are all sick of seeing things fly near our homes,panicked at wondering if our house will burn watching our pets freak out,and getting to the point of wanting to go over to their house and give these idiots a bit of their own stuff.
We are so over the BS about tradition.
Seems people only get it when that something bad happens to THEM. Otherwise, everyone else is just a whiner.
I'm so over our politicians, so I have no illusions they will actually act on this one. They'll go thru the motions of bringing it up to appease the public but I am not holding my breath for anything more. That's just the typical Hawaii politics that I've had to see my whole life.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#12 Jan 9, 2010
DOOM and GLOOM MONGERS wrote:
Stop the Doom and Gloom about FIREWORKS. More burnt finger statistics because more of you people all crowding up the islands. I LOVE FIREWORKS! Only twice a year, July 4th and New Years Eve do the people of the islands have the opportunity to blow off steam by burning FIREWORKS! Long live FIRECRACKERS, Hawaii tradition! Ban this, ban that, what da! All you grouches go inside your house, shut the window, medicate the dog, and take a shot of Jack Daniels. Yee Haw! I LOVE FIRECRACKERS. My mail surely will generate alot of opala trash talk, but hey, that is ALRIGHT! Long live FIRECRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!
What an idiot. "Only New Years Eve and 4th of July". Nonsense. It starts WELL BEFORE and CONTINUES long after. Your solutions are also nonsense and clearly display your ignorance. LONG LIVE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS!!
Kaneahi

Ewa Beach, HI

#14 Jan 9, 2010
Firecrackers and the lion dances are fascinating and they are the cultural practices that I understand and appreciate. I welcome the practice and support protecting our citizens to allow the practice to continue. However, these “rocket bombs” and aerial rockets are not included in these cultural practices. My neighbor who is from China is quite miffed at our neighbors who feel the need to explode their “rocket bombs” over our homes. He has always participated with his family in lighting off strings of firecrackers on New Year’s Eve but believes people have gone too far and he supports a total ban. I like how he puts it. “Americans screw everything good by exercising their right to freedom to an excess.” Our firework practice in our Islands is definitely excessive. My neighbors who are firing these “rocket bombs” over my home and homes of my neighbors have exceeded their freedom and are negatively impacting the lives of others. It just isn’t right.
leeward lolo

Chicago, IL

#15 Jan 9, 2010
windward wahine wrote:
We need to get over the "tradition" line when it comes to dealing with the fireworks that are ILLEGAL and the earth shattering bombs we all had to endure. THOSE are NOT tradition! I don't mind the safe, legal ones and ones that are used during the legal hours, but we are all sick of seeing things fly near our homes,panicked at wondering if our house will burn watching our pets freak out,and getting to the point of wanting to go over to their house and give these idiots a bit of their own stuff.

Seems people only get it when that something bad happens to THEM. Otherwise, everyone else is just a whiner.
I'm so over our politicians, so I have no illusions they will actually act on this one. They'll go thru the motions of bringing it up to appease the public but I am not holding my breath for anything more. That's just the typical Hawaii politics that I've had to see my whole life.
I tried finding them and the little sissies hide when a vehicle approaches. This is before new years eve, impossible to even leave home that night.
A few have put their photos (self) on utube, shows the mentality we are dealing with.
Let's stop being the silent majority.
leeward lolo

Chicago, IL

#16 Jan 9, 2010
Kaneahi wrote:
Firecrackers and the lion dances are fascinating and they are the cultural practices that I understand and appreciate. I welcome the practice and support protecting our citizens to allow the practice to continue. However, these “rocket bombs” and aerial rockets are not included in these cultural practices. My neighbor who is from China is quite miffed at our neighbors who feel the need to explode their “rocket bombs” over our homes. He has always participated with his family in lighting off strings of firecrackers on New Year’s Eve but believes people have gone too far and he supports a total ban. I like how he puts it.“Americans screw everything good by exercising their right to freedom to an excess.” Our firework practice in our Islands is definitely excessive. My neighbors who are firing these “rocket bombs” over my home and homes of my neighbors have exceeded their freedom and are negatively impacting the lives of others. It just isn’t right.
Please inform him that this is not a legal freedom in America we just need to convince somebody that the law must be enforced.
And give him a hug. LOL
kai

Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 9, 2010
Go Figga wrote:
Whatevr happened to personal resposibility? This is one subject that truely gets to me.I have spoken to countless visitors from the mainland that have experienced the way that we celebrate New Year's and they were totally blown away. Some even plan their annual visit to coincide with the festivities or our island. Why don't we take this issue to the people once and for all. Let's put this issue on the ballot for this year's election. I would go along with whatever the people say. After all, isn't this the basis of a democracy? Since our lawmakers can't seem to get it together, let the people do it. Unfortunately the only ones that will count are the responsible ones that take the time to excersise their right to vote. Since every or mostly every adult has that right I see no reason why we can't do this.
Why don't you gather up all your bombs and illegals and visit your friends who love this insanity. Everybody on the mainland I know says it seems like a third world country here. Little or no enforcement, police and fire ignored.

Tourists photograph homeless and their trash, again not something they want at home.
Child

San Diego, CA

#18 Jan 9, 2010
DOOM and GLOOM MONGERS wrote:
Stop the Doom and Gloom about FIREWORKS. More burnt finger statistics because more of you people all crowding up the islands. I LOVE FIREWORKS! Only twice a year, July 4th and New Years Eve do the people of the islands have the opportunity to blow off steam by burning FIREWORKS! Long live FIRECRACKERS, Hawaii tradition! Ban this, ban that, what da! All you grouches go inside your house, shut the window, medicate the dog, and take a shot of Jack Daniels. Yee Haw! I LOVE FIRECRACKERS. My mail surely will generate alot of opala trash talk, but hey, that is ALRIGHT! Long live FIRECRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!
How old are you?
LauLau

AOL

#19 Jan 9, 2010
Ain't no beeg ting!!!!!!!! No one's going to stop driving, are they????????
Sue

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jan 9, 2010
It's cultural ptactice for citizens in a democracy to obey the law and not put their children, their very future, in harms way. Stop the animals of the bygone oligarchy and remove their object of obsession. Help these remaining animals out of their caves of simple pleasure over their awe of fire, rather let them rub two fags together to see if they can create a spark. Much safer for their mentality and less costly to society, keiki, and other innocents that must suffer.
Sue

Honolulu, HI

#21 Jan 9, 2010
Terrible when proper usage of linguistics not allowed i.e. f+ags in previous post of mine.

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