SPCA fear worst fireworks display this New Year’s eve

2014-12-29 00:00

THE SPCA fears New Year fireworks would be worse than Diwali and Guy Fawkes.

Barbara Patrick, from the Hillcrest SPCA, said they were anticipating the worst firework display this year.

“Every year we get more dogs during the days that run up to the new year.”

She said Diwali and Guy Fawkes had been less busy for them than New Year’s eve as more people are out to celebrate.

Metro Police spokesperson Captain Eugene Msomi said in terms of eThekwini municipal bylaws guidelines, fireworks may only be set off from 11.45 pm on December 31 until 12.15 am on January 1.

The guidelines are:

• Children under 16 are not allowed to handle fireworks except under the supervision of an adult.

• Low-hazard fireworks, such as fountains, golden rain, lawn light and sparkles can be lit at private homes.

• Nuisance fireworks refer to fireworks that give off a screeching or very loud noise or that have been altered or misused to create fear or disturbance. These include fireworks such as air bombs, supersonic bangs, sound shells, fountain whistles and screeches.

• Displaying fireworks requires special permission from the police.

• Fireworks must be detonated far from hospitals, clinics, old age/nursing homes, animal welfare places and petrol stations.

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