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

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.