Fireworks spot to fizzle out

2017-12-05 06:00

Following the closure of Maiden’s Cove as an authorised firework discharge site due to strong winds this year, a motion to remove the site from a list of designated firework spots has appeared before the Good Hope Subcouncil.

The motion, submitted by ward councillor Shayne Ramsay, calls for Maiden’s Cove to be removed from the approved list for the discharge of fireworks due to the “risk of fire created by fireworks”.

“Apart from the fire risk, the risk of injury to children and particular animals adds to the urgency of reducing the number of areas where this activity is authorised,” the motion reads.

Richard Bosman, executive director of safety and security at the City of Cape Town, says safety concerns at the site have been “minor incidents such as superficial burn wounds due to people being struck by fireworks”.

“The only serious incident that we recall was when a youngster injured his hand by holding onto a firework after it detonated,” he says.

On average about 6000 people attend Guy Fawkes and similar events at the site, although this year there were only about 500 people at the site when it was closed due to high winds.

“It is instructive to note that on Guy Fawkes day this year when the site was closed, people flocked to Clifton to illegally discharge their fireworks. The officers had their hands full trying to deal with the unexpected influx of revellers at Clifton. This will most likely be the case if Maiden’s Cove is removed from the list of designated sites as that area will have no place for people to discharge their fireworks. All beaches in the area will therefore be targets for illegal discharges and proactive patrols will therefore have to be done,” he says.

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