Arson investigation under way for home of environmental watchdogUPDATED 10:01 PM HST Jul 03, 2014Video Transcript
cars were torched outside the home of an environmental watchdog. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. Activist Carroll Cox says he believes the fires were in retaliation for his investigations into illegal dumping in Kalaeloa. KITV4's Brenton Awa with our top story. This is grainy surveillance video recorded about 11 o'clock last night by a camera mounted on Carroll Cox's home on Paionia Place in Mililani. In the video there appear to be two people near Cox's vehicles, one in the driveway and the other partially in the carport. Then there are two explosions followed by fire. And the video shows what appears to be at least one person running away. Cox was home at the time and says it sounded like a bomb went off outside his house. 2036 - 2101 "I KNOW THAT IT WAS ITENTIONALLY SET AND I WOULD SAY THAT IT WAS A FIRE BOMB OF SOME SORT BECAUSE OF THE LARGE BANG OR THE BOOM AND IT WAS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT ACCELERATED IT BECAUSE TWO FLARES AND THAT METHOD IN MY EXPERIENCE SEEING THAT AND HEARING THAT AND THE WAY IT WAS, IT WAS AS IF SOMETHING WAS RUNNING DOWN INTO THE ENGINE, IN THE HOUSING OF THE HOOD." In this video Cox is seen trying to try to put out the fire before it spread to the roof of his garage. He and his neighbors worked together to bring the flames under control. About two months ago -- Cox says he was beaten up while doing and investigation about illegal dumping in Kalaeloa. He believes the people behind that incident are tied to this one and are trying to send him a message. 2548 "THIS MEANS THEY WERE LOOKING TO BURN MY HOUSE DOWN. THIS WASN'T JUST A SIMPLE MESSAGE, THAT'S THE MOST OBVIOUS THING THE WAY IT IS. SO STRATEGICALL Y THIS IS CLEARLY DONE BY PROFESSIONA L PEOPLE THAT HAVE PRACTICED THIS AND THOUGHT IT OUT." Brenton Awa KITV4 News. Cox says these events will not stop his investigations. Honolulu Police have opened an arson case in the Mililani incident. And late this afternoon a group calling itself Friends of Carroll Cox announced a five thousand reward for the arrest of suspects in both cases involving Cox.