Legislature could curtail illegal fireworks importation

Well, we made it through another New Year’s. Two of our three dogs were terrified the entire night, and one had to be medicated. We probably should have medicated the other one as well.

I see post after post on social media here about lost animals frightened by the fireworks.

No one is helping me pick up all the cardboard and plastic fireworks debris in my yard that other people put there.

I took a walk around my neighborhood this morning. I have to wonder how much of the cardboard and plastic fireworks debris lying abandoned in the street ends up in the storm drains and eventually out into the ocean. It can’t be good for the ocean, marine life or the reef.

Illegal aerial fireworks went off in Central Maui for several hours. Random illegal fireworks have been going off almost every night since Halloween. The Legislature could act to curtail the importation of illegal fireworks into the state, but they apparently don’t. Who benefits from this?

Laws are useless if they are not enforced. The laws are on the books. The law says only certain kinds of fireworks can be set off on only two nights each year. However, the law is ignored, and the police don’t seem to enforce it. About all I see every year from the police is the usual announcement telling us what the law is, but as far as I can tell, this isn’t backed up by any enforcement. Again, laws are useless if they are not enforced.

I have to wonder who benefits from all of this illegal activity. Cui bono?

Chris Profio

Kahului

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