Hayfields resident unhappy with Diwali ‘terrible noise’

2011-10-28 00:00

DIWALI did not leave 83-year-old Nell Crampton from Hayfields very happy.

Crampton said the Diwali celebration was the loudest she has ever experienced.

She said she woke in the morning yesterday to find the debris from rockets littering her lawn and on the roof of her house.

“Of course I was scared. It was like the London Blitz, even the windows were rattling,” Crampton said.

She told The Witness that she does not mind people enjoying themselves, but “the terrible noise went on and on. The fireworks went on from 6.30 pm until 8.45 pm.”

She suggested that celebrants should rather let off fireworks in open areas like parks and not in residential areas.

“My neighbours must have been using rockets. I was even scared to step outside,” she added.

Pet owner Sonja Ewels (52), also from Hayfields, said this year’s celebration was “10 times worse” than any she has experienced in the 25 years she has lived in the suburb.

Ewels’s four-year-old Jack Russell is said to be in a bad state.

“I got medication to sedate her, but she still cannot keep still and is looking for hiding places.”

Maureen Vida of Pietermaritzburg Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said 11 dogs and two cats were brought in on Wednesday night after they strayed from their owners.

Yesterday they were flooded with dogs who were distressed and people coming in to look for their pets.

“There are people who celebrate in a responsible manner while there is an element of those who use big bangs” that scare the animals.

Ewels said, “I think we should reassess our attitude and prioritise in the way we choose to celebrate and enjoy ourselves at the express of defenseless animals.”

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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