Hundreds of calls are flooding the Honolulu Police Department from people who are complaining about illegal fireworks.
HPD continues to report an increase in the number of complaints, and there have already been some citations.
It’s a sound that’s becoming more familiar as the new year approaches.
Waipahu resident Lexus Wong describes hearing “a big boom,” while Melissa Chinn says it sounds “loud, like a gun popping.”
Some people have been putting up with it for awhile.
“(It started) around Halloween time, every night since then,” Chinn said.
Police have received 506 fireworks-related calls in the past two weeks. Those December calls are in addition to the 700 calls HPD received in November, which KHON2 reported last month.
Police recently gave out three citations for possession of illegal fireworks.
“It’s not like you can really stop them. They’ll burn it and then they’ll stop,” said Ewa Beach resident Gabe Corpuz.
Honolulu City Councilmember Ron Menor believes police can reduce the use of illegal fireworks. His district includes parts of Waipahu, Ewa Beach and Mililani, and he said residents have been complaining to him.
“It kind of scares me and my grandson gets scared too with the loud sounds,” Chinn said.
Menor encourages people to call HPD.
“But is it difficult to track down the users if you just hear a noise and you can’t figure out where it’s coming from?” KHON2 asked.
“Well I think the police by themselves cannot identify the illegal fireworks users. It’s going to take residents being more proactive,” Menor said.
Menor said people have to identify neighbors who are using illegal fireworks.
“I will relay to the police department the fact that my office has received quite a number of complaints and to encourage them to please step up enforcement,” Menor said.
HPD also encourages anyone with information on illegal fireworks to call 911.
Anyone who is caught selling, possessing or using illegal fireworks, including sparklers and fountains, could face a fine of up to $2,000 and five years in jail.