Residents and dogs are still suffering as a result of the loud, illegal fireworks.
(KHON2) HONOLULU — Although the holidays have passed, neighbors and their pets continue to be bothered by the loud booms of illegal explosives.
Alice Taum, a Kahaluu resident, expressed fear about her two pet dogs. The fireworks, she added, are deafening and sound like bombs, and they've been going on since November.
I think it's been the worst ever, Taum stated. And we've lived in this house for ten years.
Raven, Taum's seven-year-old Labrador mix, has gone away twice as a result of the loud sound of fireworks, according to Taum.
According to Taum, He ran for about a mile and a half up our main road, weaving his way up to a family, which he did again this year, on December 18.
Daniel Roselle, Community Relations Director for the Hawaiian Humane Society, said they observed an inflow of stray pets just after the New Year's celebrations.
We did have an upsurge, so from December 31 of last year and February 2 of this year, we saw a 21.7 percent rise in stray animals being brought into us, according to Roselle. That was a total of 56 pets.
It wasn't just lost pets; according to Dr. Robert Schulz, director of the Straub Burn Center, injuries from illegal pyrotechnics are becoming more serious every year.
It's not rare to witness severe facial injuries, such as the loss of one eye or a portion of the face, according to Dr. Schulz. "As a result of the nature of aerials and their force, we're seeing a lot more injuries presently than we might have seen a decade ago.
During a Jan. 12 commission hearing, Honolulu Police Commission Chair Shannon Alivado questioned HPD Acting Deputy Chief of Police Ryan Nishibun about the officer's response to reports concerning illegal fireworks.
According to Alivado, I'm just curious as to what the agency will do to regulate some of the post-New Year's Eve pyrotechnics. I don't think one sticks out from the other because they occur in various neighborhoods throughout the island.
We'll send officers out, and we'll also have plain clothes troops out patrolling to try to catch them that way, Nishibun responded. We'll dispatch officers to look into it.
Calls about illegal fireworks should still be directed to 9-1-1, according to the acting deputy chief.