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New laws called for as use of illegal fireworks continues in Hawaii

  • TERENCE REIS / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER / 2011
                                The Honolulu Police Department received 800 fireworks-related calls from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. Above, aerial fireworks are seen over Waipahu at the stroke of midnight.

    TERENCE REIS / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER / 2011

    The Honolulu Police Department received 800 fireworks-related calls from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. Above, aerial fireworks are seen over Waipahu at the stroke of midnight.

  • COURTESY HPD
                                HPD officers seized 450 pounds of fireworks in Kailua on New Year’s Eve.

    COURTESY HPD

    HPD officers seized 450 pounds of fireworks in Kailua on New Year’s Eve.

  • GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Illegal aerial fireworks lit up the sky near Punchbowl after midnight Jan. 1.

    GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Illegal aerial fireworks lit up the sky near Punchbowl after midnight Jan. 1.

Battlefield conditions created by illegal fireworks that consume Honolulu every New Year’s Eve have become a nearly year-round affair, prompting lawmakers to call for more enforcement and new laws. Read more

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