Local Connections: Illegal Fireworks

Local Connections: Illegal Fireworks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is no way to measure how many illegal fireworks were set off on the New Years holiday – but most observers including the fire department think the problem is getting worse.

Yes, it is a spectacular and exciting way to say goodbye to one year and welcome another, but it’s also a miserable and unhealthy night for many vulnerable people and families with pets.

It was also an amazing and outrageous display of disregard for the rule of law.

We live with many laws that are barely enforceable, but as good citizens we still do our best to obey because we know that’s the right thing so we don’t descend into chaos.

And lawless, dangerous chaos is what we had New Years Eve. Discouraging to anyone trying to teach children that the law is important.

There are many theories about the source of all the illegals, but one thing is clear: There has been no coordinated effort to end the practice either by stopping illegals at the docks or truly cracking down on users.

This is one set of laws that have gone ignored long enough. Let’s see if any of our elected officials have the courage to finally deal with it.

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