Fireworks only at Macassar Beach parking area

2018-10-25 06:00

The parking area at Macassar Beach is one of 11 designated public open spaces where fireworks may be discharged on Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

Guy Fawkes takes place on Monday 5 November and the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, follows two days later on Wednesday 7 November.

The City of Cape Town has made available 11 sites within its boundaries for the discharge of fireworks: Macassar Beach parking area; Athlone Stadium parking area; Wesfleur Sports Field in Atlantis; Bishop Lavis Sports Field; Metropolitan Sports Grounds in Bonteheuwel; Blue Downs Sports Field; Delft Central Sports Grounds; Swartklip Sports Complex in Mitchell’s Plain; Sarepta Sports Complex in Kuils River; Strandfontein Pavilion; and the Tourism Centre on Table View beachfront.

All of these areas will be patrolled by Law Enforcement and Metro Police officers, as well as a fire inspector to ensure the safety of those present.

The discharge of fireworks will not be allowed after 23:00 on Guy Fawkes and Diwali, with New Year’s Eve (Monday 31 December) being the exception.

Residents are reminded that only fireworks bought at an accredited shop may be discharged according to the instructions on the package.

It may only be discharged at the designated sites and out of range of structures or vehicles, while children must be supervised at all times when around fireworks.

Fireworks may also not be lit inside any containers and the use of Chinese lanterns are prohibited in terms of the Community Fire Safety by-law.

In terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956:

. the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine;

. selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine; and

. allowing under 16s to handle fireworks without adult supervision is liable to a R300 fine.

“Children and animals are often the victims of fireworks-related injuries and this year I want to focus on reducing the number of injuries to these vulnerable groups during Guy Fawkes,” said JP Smith, Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security; and Social Services.

“I urge parents to keep a watchful eye over their children and to ensure that they are supervised at all times. In the meantime, pet owners should keep their pets indoors as far as possible, as pets are left traumatised, particularly by the illegal discharge of fireworks in residential areas.”

According to Smith, a shop owner in Pelican Park was issued a R1 500 fine for selling fireworks without a permit last Wednesday 17 October. The fireworks were immediately confiscated by Law Enforcement officers. “I’m sure they’ll confiscate more fireworks in the next few weeks. I want to remind the public to please be our eyes and ears, and to blow the whistle on the illegal sale of fireworks,” Smith reiterated.

. To report the illegal sale or use of fireworks, phone council’s Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone. Alternatively, report the incident at your nearest police station or phone 10111.

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