Police threaten fireworks clampdown

2011-12-21 22:11

Pretoria - The illegal sale and use of fireworks will be closely monitored and stopped ahead of the end of year celebrations, national police said on Wednesday.

"We are going ahead with our inspections to ensure that people adhere to the law. We want to make sure that fireworks will not be sold and used illegally," Captain Dennis Adriao said in Pretoria.

He said on Tuesday, police raided two supermarkets where they found large amounts of fireworks being sold, but the shops had no licences to do so.

"We conducted the inspections around the Pretoria area. Members of the explosives unit accompanied by Tshwane metro police found large amounts of fireworks being sold illegally."

Tshwane metro police spokesperson pwoman Alta Fourie said they confiscated fireworks and counterfeit goods worth R8.5m.

"We closed a shop that had very large stocks of fireworks than is stipulated in the law. Some of the fireworks were seized from street vendors. They are not allowed to be selling fireworks."

Earlier this month, the Tshwane emergency services department warned that residents who set off fireworks without written permission from the chief fire officer would face hefty penalties.

These included a R5 000 fine and/or six months' imprisonment.

"These sanctions also apply to people permitting the [illegal] discharge of fireworks", Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said.

- SAPA
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