Public meeting held after concerns raised over popular water jet packs

Water propulsion jet packs are drawing the attention of thrill-seekers, but now they are at the center of controversy.

The packs use water to help people fly fast and high over the water.

On Thursday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources heard from the community about their growing popularity.

Some concerns include noise pollution and the jet’s impact on coral and marine wildlife.

“In classifying these devices of thrill craft, we currently see violations of our rules and regulations occurring. In addition to that, what we see are unsafe recreational practices,” Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement Administrator Randy Awo said.

DLNR says it will take a few months to review before any recommendations would be made to the rules for the devices.

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