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Task Force Successfully Seizes Over 187,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks

The Department of Law Enforcement (LAW) has announced yet another significant achievement in its ongoing efforts to combat the illegal fireworks trade. The Illegal Fireworks Task Force, comprised of state and federal agencies, has successfully intercepted and seized a total of 187,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in all separate operations as of today.

Ongoing Investigations and Community Cooperation

The investigations into these illegal fireworks shipments are ongoing, with Director Lowe emphasizing the commitment of the task force to locate and apprehend those involved in illegal fireworks trafficking. The department has opened a tip line for the public to anonymously provide information about illegal fireworks traffickers, and a separate effort involves deputy sheriffs patrolling the H-1 freeway to ensure public safety during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Director Jordan Lowe expressed confidence in the task force’s ability to make further seizures, reinforcing the commitment to protecting the community from the dangers posed by illegal fireworks. The public is encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to the illegal fireworks trade.

Stay tuned for updates as the Illegal Fireworks Task Force continues its mission to keep our communities safe.


Is The Illegal Fireworks Task Force Doing Enough?

Law enforcement teams have seized several dozen tons of illegal fireworks in the last year. Are the efforts paying off?

Scheduled Guests:
Jordan Lowe, Hawaiʻi Department of Law Enforcement Director
Maj. Mike Lambert, Honolulu Police Department
Rep. David Tarnas (D), Judiciary Committee Chair
Tiana Wilbur, Waiʻanae Coast Neighborhood Board Interim Chair
INSIGHTS Episode 2421 Original Airdate: February 8, 2024