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Friday, January 7, 2005
The device itself had been placed in the bucket, which had been weighed down with sand and a weightlifting plate.
Though Cydnee did not get a good look at those lighting what was in the bucket, she said she noticed that they lit it from a distance, using a pole.
"I'm so mad at them," said a tearful Cydnee from her bed at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center. "I don't deserve this."
Cydnee is expected to be released from Kaiser this weekend but must return for next week's surgery.
Like many other children on New Year's Eve, Cydnee had been playing with legal fireworks. Her mother said the family traveled to Aiea that night because they wanted to do something instead of staying home in Ewa Beach.
Now, the family wants help finding the people who injured Cydnee.
"I'd ask other parents ... if they have children, put themselves in my place," said Sidney. "I have a little girl up there who is very scared, and so are her parents.
"If they could just call and help out with the investigation ... see to it that this doesn't happen to someone else again."
Police and Fire Department officials are asking for any witnesses who can identify the young adult males who were seen before the explosion and are suspected of lighting the device.
"If things were different, she easily could have been dead or her face marred for life," CrimeStoppers Detective Letha DeCaires said.
DeCaires said the case is being investigated as first-degree criminal property damage, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
This holiday season, there was a 56 percent increase in fireworks complaints since last year, with 949 calls for fireworks violations reported between Dec. 26 and last Sunday, compared with 569 complaints during the same time period last year.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Eric Yiu directly at 529-3071. Calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.