Firework facts you need to know

2015-09-16 06:00


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YEAR-END holidays are but a few months away, and most of us are looking forward to that well-earned break with family and friends. However, every­ year we experience the same rude awakening that this is not a time of quiet relaxation and goodwill. Instead, we are bombarded by constant disruptions of illegal fireworks.

Fireworks Action Campaign Team (Fact) supplied a list of facts the public need to be aware of:

Big bang fireworks are banned - eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo (2013).

Fireworks may only be detonated from 11.45pm on 31 December until 00.15 on 1 January, (30 minutes) - no other times - Metro Police Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on beaches, public areas and communal properties - eThekwini Municipal By-laws.

No children under the age of 16 are allowed to handle fireworks - Explosives Act.

“Noise nuisance” means any sound which disturbs or impairs the convenience or peace of anyone - Noise Control Regulations Act.

A person commits an offence by producing noise caused by the discharge of fireworks - Nuisance By-laws.

It is illegal to terrify any animal - Animal Protection Act.

The sale of fireworks by informal traders or hawkers is strictly unlawful - eThekwini Municipal By-laws.

Fireworks are regulated and controlled in terms of the explosives act 26 of 1956 enforced by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Explosives act.

Phone 10111 (SAPS) or 031 361 0000 or 031 910 7321 (Metro Police) to report illegal fireworks

Cut this out and keep in a prominent place near your phone.

If you want to help make a positive difference, please contact Fact at 082 890 4982. - Supplied

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