Numerous complaints but not citations for fireworks

The Hawaii Police Department received 171 complaints islandwide about fireworks between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, according to a department spokesman.

No arrests were made, and no citations written between Dec. 24-31, the department confirmed this week.

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Fire Chief Darren Rosario issued a statement Dec. 27 saying his department also received numerous complaints about fireworks and homemade explosive devices that disturb residents, pets and livestock.

“The problem seems to be growing in various neighborhoods, and it poses a potential hazard,” said Rosario. “We urge the community to be considerate of their neighbors by not using illegal fireworks or explosives.”

Only firecrackers, which require a permit, and other fireworks sold by licensed retailers could legally be used during a limited period from 9 a.m. New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Rosario noted that hefty fines and penalties, including imprisonment, could be levied for violating state law concerning fireworks.

The use of illegal fireworks can be a felony punishable by up to five years of imprisonment upon conviction, with fines of up to $2,000 per offense.

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Another statute notes that parents, guardians and other persons having the custody or control of a minor who knowingly allow the minor to explode any fireworks can be held liable.

Liability may also extends to a homeowner, renter or person otherwise responsible for real property who knowingly allows an individual to explode any aerial device while on the real property.

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