On stopping illegal fireworks, HPD says ‘we do as much as we can’

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 10:35 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department says they received about 2,000 calls regarding illegal aerial fireworks in the days leading to New Year’s Eve.

But out of those calls, just 45 citations were issued and there was just one arrest.

That ratio falls in line with previous years, according to HPD.

On Wednesday, the Police Commission questioned why HPD is unable to curb the flow of fireworks coming into the state. Department heads say their hands are tied on the matter.

“We do as much as we can, we can only do so much. We can’t search cargo containers, we can’t search mail parcels,” deputy Chief John McCarthy said. “You gotta think about the millions of tons that come in daily, monthly, weekly. You can’t come anywhere near that.”

About 1,500 pounds of fireworks were seized by HPD in December. Hundreds of pounds came from a Makiki home.

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