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Fireworks-related fires down nearly 73 percent from last year

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:47 a.m. HST, Jan 02, 2013


Firefighters responded to at least six fireworks-related incidents from New Year's Eve through Tuesday morning on Oahu.

That's way down from the 22 seen when Hawaii rang in 2012.

Meanwhile, five fireworks-related injuries were reported. One was serious, involving a Hawaii Kai man who was setting off illegal fireworks. In a second incident in Kalihi, also involving illegal fireworks, four people sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

"We're encouraged by the fact that there seems to be a reduction in fireworks-related fires, but there continues to be some significant injuries caused from fireworks," said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig.

The six fireworks-related incidents that HFD responded to included one small structure fire, which caused about $500 in damage, and five rubbish or dumpster fires.

The small structure fire was caused when a small child dropped a sparkler, setting fire to papers on a desk. Bystanders helped put out the flames with garden hoses.

Under a law that went into effect in 2011, only firecrackers are allowed to be set off on New Year's, and only with a permit. Fountains, sparklers and other novelty fireworks are not legal.







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bumba wrote:
Poop town never changes.
on January 1,2013 | 04:09AM
1local wrote:
where's the police? still a lot of aerials...
on January 1,2013 | 06:48AM
allie wrote:
yup..incompetents all
on January 1,2013 | 08:07AM
Mana07 wrote:
No enforcement. My neighborhood had window shaking, pet terrifying explosions for hours last night. What a joke. You can't ban it if you don't enforce it. Where in the heck do west side residents get the money for professional aerials? Think about this professional aerials in the middle of neighborhoods! HPD where are you?
on January 1,2013 | 06:38AM
kainalu wrote:
Totally agree. Why would anyone feel a need to call the cops? What - they can't see, hear, or even feel them? Makakilo was BOOMING!!! The cops at Kapolei had to see, hear, even feel them. Try calling 911 and listen to the run-around you'll get. "Is this an emergency?" - "Would you like to meet with the officer?" - "The police have to actually witness the person lighting the fireworks", and finally, "It may be a while, the police are really busy now". Guess what? Can't "witness" the person lighting the fireworks if you don't even try.
on January 1,2013 | 06:48AM
bender wrote:
They don't want to go out into the community and observe. The officers in my area prefer to guard the coffee pot at 7-11.
on January 1,2013 | 10:46AM
Wardog wrote:
Boo hoo your pet was terrified...give me a break
on January 1,2013 | 08:50AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Our neighborhood was also a place for roadside bombs for many hours, some that sounded like sticks of dynamite, deafening expolsions setting off car alarms in nearby structures and not attracting any police.
on January 1,2013 | 08:55AM
bobbob wrote:
That's what happens when you ban almost everything. Some people unwisely feel the need to make their own, which is WAY cheaper and WAY more powerful than store bought fireworks.
on January 2,2013 | 01:25AM
8082062424 wrote:
They do not cost a whole lot you be surprised at the cost
on January 1,2013 | 09:08AM
bobbob wrote:
I think we're seeing more and more home made bombs as well. How to make them is readily available on the internet, and it's A LOT cheaper than simply buying fireworks.
on January 2,2013 | 01:26AM
twitter6 wrote:
Last year it was nice and quiet. I'm all for celebrating the new year but it is all about following the rules and obeying the law. This year the illegal bombs were ridiculous. Why people would spend tons of money on illegal fireworks and not save it for their family and kids is incomprehensible. This irresponsible behavior is due to a lack in respectable priorities. Simply put, Thug Life. Some people need to take a long look in the mirror and think about living a respectable life, if that is remotely possible
on January 1,2013 | 12:40PM
8082062424 wrote:
Go tell that to the folks in Hawaii kai who had a blast this year
on January 1,2013 | 08:09PM
SteveToo wrote:
We DON'T want enforcement on the West Side. Leave us be to enjoy the nite.
on January 1,2013 | 02:17PM
8082062424 wrote:
You go. some folks got nothing better to do then complain
on January 1,2013 | 02:26PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Fight your own brushfires then!
on January 1,2013 | 03:54PM
Wardog wrote:
Isn't that what firefighters do? Stupid post...
on January 1,2013 | 06:27PM
bobbob wrote:
Well if you ban the "small stuff", obviously many people are going to turn to the black market. New years only comes around once a year. Is it really so hard to put up with A LOT of fireworks for a couple hours out of 365 days?
on January 2,2013 | 01:24AM
allie wrote:
ban these fireworks please
on January 1,2013 | 08:06AM
SueH wrote:
Helllooooo??? Aerial fireworks are already banned. The lack of enforcement of the existing law is the issue here.
on January 1,2013 | 08:29AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
PLEASE..... a ban is long overdue in a peace-loving community such as ours.
on January 1,2013 | 08:56AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So you want Hawaii to be like South Central LA where their ban resulted in sporadic aerial gunfire? What goes up comes down at the same approximate speed as it left the barrel. Just curious as to why you would you would want to endanger the public with something far worse?
on January 1,2013 | 01:56PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So you want Hawaii to be like South Central LA where their ban resulted in sporadic aerial gunfire? What goes up comes down at the same approximate speed as it left the barrel. Just curious as to why you would you would want to endanger the public with something far worse?
on January 1,2013 | 01:56PM
bobbob wrote:
already banned... which is working as well as the ban on alcohol. If the general public wishes to engage in a certain activity, many times totalitarian style bans/restrictions simply do not work, and drive the problem underground to the black market, where there is ZERO regulation and restriction. You see this happening with the drug & prostitution trades. Imagine if the govt. banned toiletpaper because it kills poor trees. Do you really think people will stop using it and start wiping their asses with their hands? ------------------------------------------ For someone that's supposedly college educated, you show a real lack of ability to reason anything through. Hope this equation helps: unemployed 45 year old balding male living in parents' basement (not equal to) 19 year old female college co-ed.
on January 2,2013 | 01:33AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
The police say that enforcing the fireworks law is impossible. So, if these fires were started by criminal (illegal) use of firecrackers and aerials, can the perpetrators be required to reimburse the City for HPD and HFD expenses? That would make a lot of law-abicing citizens feel better, until firecrackers are banned.
on January 1,2013 | 08:53AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
You are out of perspective. Three small fires. Some rubbish and a desk fire only $500. And this with fireworks over the whole Island. Check out the WEEKLY house or building fires, into the hundreds of thousands if not millions and with NO exploding fireworks going on. The noise you complain about is the same noise one goes to a professional show. Thousands attend for the noise and aerial display. However when it is in one's neighborhood, it is now not admired. Why, is it a different sound? Different display? Instead of traveling to a show, all the traffic, the gas expense, Your neighbors are spending their money to put of a show for you right in your midst and you complain. Did ALL that aerials cause any damage or fires, No. Compare this with our weekly fires. Fire fighters complain that it was a rubbish fire like they wished that it was a high rise instead. Pity.
on January 1,2013 | 09:54AM
bender wrote:
Yes, it is different. Neighborhoods are rediential areas, they are not venues for professional fireworks displays. Professional displays are conducted by professionals, not drunk and reckless amatures. The sirens in Waialua went on for hours and hours so you know the fire department and ambulances were busy but it wasn't reported in this newspaper. There's a lot that isn't reported so don't rely on a quickly assembled news story that only reports 3 incidents.
on January 1,2013 | 10:50AM
8082062424 wrote:
That may be but you also can not be sure all those sirens were fireworks related. any time you call 911 for a medical emergency fire dept answers that call too . most times they get there before the ambulance
on January 1,2013 | 10:59AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
And of course you were right there to know that they were drunk and since they do this every year and haven't gotten killed or anyone else, they MUST be amateurs. Better to be Professionals like at the bunker explosion.
on January 1,2013 | 11:16AM
8082062424 wrote:
Sad but so very true
on January 1,2013 | 11:42AM
walaau808 wrote:
Again, against the law...period!
on January 1,2013 | 04:43PM
bobbob wrote:
Funny thing is that WAY more people are hurt or killed engaging in other activities. There are around 3500 swimming pool deaths in the US every year (or 10 per day). Should we ban swimming pools and pave them all over? Hawaii has the 2nd highest ocean drowning rate in the nation. Should we ban all ocean activities? Hows about driving on roads, there are many road fatalities. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------For 3-4 hours a year, I can celebrate the new years' and light fireworks. The rest of the year, which fireworks is illegal isn't enough for some of you people? Whether it's an activity you engage in or not, people should be thankful for the right to light fireworks, swim in pools, drive on the roads, etc. I personally do not appreciate other people attempting to infringe upon an activity I believe in. Attempting to strike down fireworks, but engaging in or approving of other "dangerous" activities like sports or water play is highly hypocritical.
on January 2,2013 | 01:50AM
SteveToo wrote:
go back to the mainland where you can't have fun on New Years Eve.
on January 1,2013 | 02:19PM
walaau808 wrote:
It is against the law...that is the simple truth.
on January 1,2013 | 04:43PM
bobbob wrote:
The police is probably right, and that enforcement of the law is impossible. Lawmakers make laws, but that doesn't mean that the rules and laws they make are enforceable. They could make a law where it's illegal to walk and talk at the same time. Doesn't mean it'll be followed by residents or harshly cracked down on by police.
on January 2,2013 | 02:03AM
Sid_Hartha wrote:
Spent the night trying to calm down my terrified dog. Her pups are due within the next day or so. She wouldn't even go outside to poop or pee, she went by the door around 1am. The AC dampened the noise but brought in all the smoke. Sometimes living with Third World people has its drawbacks. I didn't ever consider people are so stupid they'd let their children play with sparklers INDOORS!
on January 1,2013 | 08:54AM
SteveToo wrote:
If you dont like "third world people" go back to the mainland. Simple leave us be.
on January 1,2013 | 02:21PM
walaau808 wrote:
How about obey the law?
on January 1,2013 | 04:44PM
bobbob wrote:
fireworks are legal. I used my fireworks, pop pops, and champagne poppers legally last night.
on January 2,2013 | 01:51AM
likewise wrote:
There was absolutely no effort that I could see being made to hide. The police are intentionally NOT witnessing illegal fireworks. It's an actual, intentional effort. Unless HPD all stayed home and hid in a closet they would have seen numerous incidents. So. Now that the populace has tested out the new ban and seen how it's not going to be enforced we can expect things to get worse and worse every year going forward. Maybe they thought it was supposed to be a click it or ticket day?
on January 1,2013 | 08:56AM
8082062424 wrote:
Thing is fireworks are a part of Hawaii local culture on New Years.You do not see locals going crazy on the fourth of July here. and folks who move here seem to dislike it but you can not strip it away from those who lived here all there lives. Thing is sounds like most of you just stood home and did nothing on new years, maybe that part of the problem. Every one should enjoy new years eve with family and friends
on January 1,2013 | 09:12AM
Wardog wrote:
Your absolutely right. It's once a year, and all these people cry about the fireworks...
on January 1,2013 | 09:19AM
SueH wrote:
Yeah? Well taxes come only once a year, too, and we all cry about them. We'll never be rid of taxes, but if we were smart, we could cut our "once a year" misery by 50% by doing away with fireworks.
on January 1,2013 | 09:49AM
Anonymous wrote:
As i said this is Hawaii it part of our local culture. chances are it been around way before you were born or moved here. Thing is two things in life are certain death and taxes there no way around those two things. enjoy life to the fullest and pay your taxes. sounds like you need some joy in your life so you do not have to cry so much
on January 1,2013 | 10:35AM
bender wrote:
What part of our culture says we need to explod fireworks from Thanksgiving to New Years. You would be believable if you said it was local custom to explore fireworks on New Years eve. And I think most people would accept if if it were confined to that one day but that's not the case.
on January 1,2013 | 10:58AM
8082062424 wrote:
Well most locals do not set of fireworks from Thanksgiving to New Years. Just like most folks do not drink and drive or speed or even talk on there cell phones while driving.It a few that do it for the most part. What i have noticed from these comments is those who complain spend new years eve at home alone. Maybe that the real problem it the one day you should spend with family and friends. And the rest are just looking for a reason to cry or complain. they do it on a daily bases on many topics. I hope you had a great new years eve i know i did
on January 1,2013 | 11:52AM
walaau808 wrote:
Glad your house didn't burn...
on January 1,2013 | 04:46PM
8082062424 wrote:
My tutu being doing it better part of 80 years none of our family homes have burnt down. did i Hit a nerve. because some are alone new years eve it bothers them others are enjoying?
on January 1,2013 | 04:55PM
bobbob wrote:
"Glad your house didn't burn" Wow, that's like saying glad you didn't slam into a telephone pole on your way home from work or "glad you didn't have a heart attack from eating that big mac". Why not just be "glad" he enjoyed his new years with friends and family, and everyone had a safe holiday season.
on January 2,2013 | 02:07AM
bobbob wrote:
Move to a 3rd world country with no taxes. Then you could cut out your misery by 100%, and hawaii residents will hear 100% less of your complaining. Win-win.
on January 2,2013 | 02:04AM
bender wrote:
Except it has been going on since Thanksgiving. What is the cultural purpose of exploding fireworks on Dec 1st or Dec 25th or the day after Thanksgiving? The lolos in Paaka Kai housing area (Haleiwa) were exploding them in August. If they would confine their cultural display to Dec 31st night I wouldn't have a prolblem with it but noooo, they need to go on forever. Even as I type this at about noon on the the 1st of January there are aerials going up in Paala Kai even though it's raining.
on January 1,2013 | 10:56AM
8082062424 wrote:
Well you kind of said it all when you called them lolos lol. You will always have a bunch of lolos ill even take a chance and say they are still drunk. Like any thing else you will find that group not matter what day or event. from concerts to the beach even football games. i have no doubt that your statement about them starting in august is true.the black market list for fire works came out in July. not all locals act like that. I live in kalihi valley and it was non stop from last night around 7 pm till around 1 am. today it quiet
on January 1,2013 | 12:03PM
bobbob wrote:
Funny how the actions of a few people seems to condemn everyone as a whole. I think we should ban driving for everyone because there are too many drunks and reckless drivers. Amazing how people find it so easy to condemn an activity that they don't personally engage in.
on January 2,2013 | 01:57AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sorry, but we celebrated for many years. If it wasn't for those loud bombs, we'd probably have continued. Those are the ones that really hamper us from having a good time. Too many people would blast unti l 2 or 3 in the morning. If everyone would conform and finish by 1230, that would be great. I lived here all my life, and I don't blame any newcomers. We are the problem.
on January 1,2013 | 12:35PM
8082062424 wrote:
we still celebrated like we have all my life. we even let the kids play with those evil sparklers that are banned .born and raised here . and it is the new comers that have a problem with our local customs we see it all the time. to me that there problem they pick the wrong place to move too. by the way those bomb you spoke off we had more this year then last year. i wonder why.
on January 1,2013 | 02:37PM
Bdpapa wrote:
It is not newcomers! It is the blatant abuse by a small number of residents that caused this situation.
on January 1,2013 | 03:56PM
8082062424 wrote:
Im sorry it is the new comers who complain about it.I know this first hand we have a family from the mainland who moved in on our street. Police are at there house at least twice a week they complain about every thing from the chickens to a pig hunter cleaning his kill god forbid the neighbour who live net to them dry s tako and ahi out side in a screened box. they have gone so far as to call kalihi police station and ask for a white officer since local cops do not know the laws. on new year eve they called the police 6 times. and was told all 6 times that no one was breaking the law. it so bad the police are tired of them
on January 1,2013 | 05:07PM
walaau808 wrote:
Really? Part of Hawaii's local culture? Didn't know Hawaiians had fireworks...
on January 1,2013 | 04:45PM
8082062424 wrote:
I did not say Hawaiian did i. I said Hawaii Local culture which mean many races and yes even hawaiians enjoy it
on January 1,2013 | 04:57PM
saveparadise wrote:
kaic, Respect the aina and respect others.
on January 2,2013 | 08:09AM
raspberrygoat wrote:
Here in Hawaii Kai, I thought fireworks were legal again, with all the bombs and aerials going off. Are they really illegal?
on January 1,2013 | 12:24PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The only thing you don't see on New Years Eve Night is HPD in the neighborhoods. But watch out if you are driveing. They all on OT.
on January 1,2013 | 12:38PM
bobbob wrote:
If you make something illegal that the general population doesn't agree with, all it does is create an underground market for it. If the government banned books, do you think that will stop people from reading or buying/selling them?
on January 2,2013 | 01:59AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The fire works law is working, simple as that.
on January 1,2013 | 12:40PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Very true. There has, however, been a significant increase in sporadic aerial gunfire. I dare say that this law had reduced overall noise but increased the danger to innocent bystanders.
on January 1,2013 | 02:01PM
SteveToo wrote:
And so was the fun down 73%. Boo Hiss.
on January 1,2013 | 02:15PM
Wardog wrote:
Yup the vocal minority killed the fun and tradition of a local style New Year's Eve....sucks
on January 1,2013 | 06:30PM
bobbob wrote:
The "vocal minority" is becoming the majority, i think. I've heard more and more complaining from people in the baby boomer generation, many of whom used to enjoy fireworks themselves when they were kids. Since they are more likely to complain loudly vote, hawaii laws (not only related to fireworks) will probably continue to get stricter and stricter in the future.
on January 2,2013 | 02:10AM
Mana07 wrote:
Maybe we should bring a class action against the C & C....just a thought.
on January 1,2013 | 04:32PM
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