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HPD receives 1,420 phone calls in December alone regarding illegal fireworks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Fireworks-related complaints to the Honolulu Police Department have nearly doubled in six days. HPD said the department had gotten about 750 phone calls from people complaining about illegal fireworks between December 1st and December 22nd. On December 28th, they said that number is now approximately 1,420.

Aerial fireworks have always been illegal. But on Oahu, firecrackers can only be ignited from 9:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

This year people are complaining illegal fireworks are going off more early and more frequent than ever before.

"They're loud enough to set off car alarms and rattle windows. These sound like explosions," said Kalihi Valley Neighborhood Board Chairman Christopher Wong.

Wong said he has been getting inundated with phone calls and emails about illegal fireworks going off ever since right after Halloween. He said he has gotten at least one phone call every day and the loud booms are anytime from dusk until dawn.

"I mean my windows shake, my dog gets scared and I have heard it going on around the island. But for Kalihi Valley, because of the density, it's probably a little worse," Wong said.

"We can't control people's decisions on blowing illegal fireworks. But we can definitely enforce the safety issue," said Crystal Medeiros, Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board Secretary.

Both Medeiros and Wong said they and their community members have had enough and want to ask the public to hold off until New Year's Eve.

"There are families out here, there are children out here, as well as people who have asthma as well. So health issues, not only safety issues, health issues," Medeiros said.

"It is dangerous and it's a nuisance to neighbors, and as a board, we'd like it to stop," Wong said. 

HPD could not say how many citations have been issued for illegal fireworks so far this year. However, the department said 62 citations were issued last New Year's and 60 citations the year before that, no arrests were made those two years.

Residents may call 911 if they see illegal firework activity.

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