Hawaii police seize fireworks, report related injuries

HONOLULU — A Kauai resident died following a fireworks explosion on New Year’s Eve in Hawaii as many others were injured across the state in fireworks-related incidents, authorities said.

The Kauai Police Department said Kappa resident Dexter Ibaan, 34, was attempting to light a firework Thursday around 8:30 p.m. when it apparently malfunctioned and exploded in his hand, Hawaii News Now reported Friday.

Firefighters and paramedics attempted lifesaving efforts while Ibaan was being transported to Wilcox Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The nature of his injuries was not disclosed.

On Oahu, authorities said at least six people were administered medical treatment following fireworks-related incidents, including three children who suffered serious injuries.

Police reported one of the children, an 11-year-old boy, was taken to a trauma center after suffering an eye injury from an apparent fireworks explosion, Hawaii News Now reported. The child was not identified and his condition was not immediately known.

The Honolulu Police Department said some of the reported incidents involved illegal fireworks. Police said the department confiscated 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) of illegal fireworks on Oahu throughout December as people prepared to celebrate the start of the new year, the Star-Advertiser reported.

On Maui, at least two people suffered serious fireworks-related injuries, including a 25-year-old man who injured his groin, authorities said.

It is unclear if any injuries were reported on Hawaii island.

  1. I saw a Vampire once January 2, 2021 4:36 pm Reply

    illegal aireal fireworks? The whole state is full of illegal fireworks. Just from where we are located, we could see that the entire town or city was filled with illegal fireworks. They’re are using the first amendment right in selling these fireworks. Not just commercial. Also display fireworks the main show kind, they are selling this to individuals who are pyrotechnicians and able to buy some at their homes. And lighting it up. 350 ft. kind that flies into the air. Not just for the shows any more. Rich people are buying it. Republicans. This is what makes America a proud country that stands.

    1. truth be known January 4, 2021 12:03 pm Reply

      Rich Republicans may be buying the pyrotechnics to celebrate the New Year, however, rich left wing Democrats are buying them to shoot at police and blow up things. Big difference!

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