Fireworks to be allowed here

2015-09-22 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s sub council 11 has earmarked Cockscomb Park for the public discharge of fireworks in the forthcoming season’s festivities.

The motion was adopted by the sub council and will be submitted for full approval by the City council in the next few weeks.

The sites – Heideveld Sports complex as well two open spaces in Welcome Estate – were proposed along with Cockscomb Park as a potential alternative venue to Athlone Stadium, which was previously used by the public to set off fireworks during the festivities taking place during Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

However, only Cockscomb Park complied with the safety criteria required to facilitate such an event as Heideveld’s sport complex, which now boasts an artificial football pitch, posed too much of a danger as a fire hazard, with the sites identified in Welcome Estate being deemed to be too close to residential establishments as they were not situated at least 100m away from them.

“Due to the Welcome Estate site being situated opposite the school and Heideveld’s new pitch, it was deemed that Cockscomb Park would be the best place for the public to use their fireworks legally,” said Anthony Moses, ward councillor for the area.

Other safety requirements stipulated by the City stated that no smoking by any individual is to take place within the firing point of the fireworks, while the discharge of the fireworks shall not take place within 500m of any petroleum depot, explosives magazine and/or gas cylinders. Furthermore, no spectators are allowed to be within a 50m radius of the firing point, while only people over the age of 16 years may discharge fireworks. He went on to say that he hopes the move will enable more community members to celebrate in a safer, more law-abiding manner.

“Once it goes to Council, it must be accepted before we can do anything. We want to be able to give the community the opportunity to have their fireworks within the legal bounds.”

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