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Hawaii considers regulating water jet packs

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is considering possible new regulations for water-powered jet packs and boards that appear to make people fly over water.

Department Director William Aila on Thursday heard testimony from officials, fishermen and a coral reef scientist concerned about safety and the effect on the environment.

Aila says the department has taken an initial step to regulate the devices by classifying them as thrill craft. This subjects them to the same rules as personal watercraft.

The department is considering whether additional rules are needed.

People use the packs to lift themselves up to 30 feet in the air at speeds up to 32 miles per hour.

The jet packs are worn like backpacks. A similar device called a flyboard is strapped to the feet.

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