Guy Fawkes: stick to designated areas

2016-11-03 06:00
<Pet owners are advised to preferably keep their pets indoors during the forthcoming Guy Fawkes (Saturday, November 5th). Also to constantly monitor their condition and try to calm them.         Photo: deon Ferreira

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Every year during Guy Fawkes numerous gruesome cases are reported of pets scaling walls and getting lost, maimed or killed on roads as a result of being terrified of fireworks.

Therefore the Municipality advises all pet owners during the forthcoming Guy Fawkes (Saturday, November 5th) preferably to keep their pets indoors or at least locked-up and constantly to monitor their condition and try to calm them.

According to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Fire and Emergency Services, the time frame for discharging of fireworks is for a 3 hour period only, between 18:00 and 21:00 and at designated places only.

“Fireworks are potentially dangerous. Indiscriminate discharging thereof causes traumatic behaviour by animals and is a noisy irritation to humans,” said Councillor Pieter Terblanche of Ward 51 in Uitenhage.

Fireworks may be discharged at the following areas:

Uitenhage - open areas between Lovebird Street and Tiryville; Uitenhage Central Rugby Field (Old OC/Swifts rugby grouds).

Despatch - open area opposite the waterwheel entrance in Main Street.

KwaNobuhle - open area between Ponana Tini & Tize Streets.

“A person who will be found using or discharging fireworks unlawfully in terms of the Explosives Act, will be fined a R2 000 admission of guilt fine,” said Terblanche.

  • The public are most welcome to report the unlawful discharging of fireworks by calling their nearest police station or call the Uitenhage Fire Emergency Control Room at 041 992 2222.

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