Illegal Fireworks: What lawmakers are proposing to make it easier to catch offenders
It happens every year, fireworks lighting up skies across the state.
"We could see the aerials that comes up and cannot do nothing," Kahalu'u resident Clifford Loo said.
"It really puts our communities on edge as well as our pets," Public Safety Committee Chairperson Gregg Takayama said.
Some residents want less and others call fireworks a tradition that'll never go away.
"This year had more, had more," Loo said.
"It's here to stay. Whatever you do its here," Nanakuli resident Demont Conner said.
As it stands, convicting suspects of setting off illegal aerials can be a challenge for law enforcement.
"HPD interprets the current law to mean that it has to be witnessed by either an office or someone else that will attest to it," Takayama said.
A bill moving through the legislature would put homeowners on notice and they would be liable for any fireworks set off on their properties even if someone else did it.
The bill would allow witnesses to use photos and videos as evidence.
"The need for it has been expressed by people all across the island," Takayama said.
Another bill aims to prevent people from setting off fireworks on streets and sidewalks. A minimum fine for someone caught on the street would up to $1,000. Meanwhile opponents of the measure say the problem is the lawmakers' own fault.
Instead of banning fireworks opponents say the state should regulate and tax it.
"With that same logic we should just move fireworks out from the dark and bring it into the light so that we can control it," Conner said.