Hefty fines for illegal fireworks

2011-12-12 14:30

Pretoria - The Tshwane emergency services department has warned that residents who set off fireworks without written permission from the chief fire officer will face a fine or jail, according to a report on Monday.

The penalty includes a R5 000 fine and/or six months' imprisonment, reported the Pretoria News.

These sanctions also applied to people permitting the discharge of fireworks, said emergency services spokesperson, Johan Pieterse.

"Children should not be allowed to set off any kind of fireworks without being supervised by an adult. Only one firework should be lit at a time, and those that do not discharge the first time should not be used," he said.

Pieterse said fireworks should be bought from licensed dealers of explosives and should only be used outdoors.

"Never point or throw fireworks at people, do not keep them in your pocket, do not place in metal or glass containers before discharge, always wear eye protection and ensure that no part of your body protrudes over the fireworks," he said.

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2011-12-12 14:35

    Best news ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FTC.

      Kala - 2011-12-12 15:20

      @Martin - Every year when there is some or other celebration we get the same threats from the metro. And yet every year there are thousands of fire works set of and numerous injuries reported. Let's see they put their money where their mouths are.

  • Greg - 2011-12-12 14:49

    Something for Helen Zille to take note of for Cape Town!

      Eric - 2011-12-12 15:32

      Yeah its a lovely thought, a lovely gesture. If they even bother to enforce it will be a lovely action........ but they wont

  • Michelle - 2011-12-12 14:56

    And so they say every year and to date fireworks have been set off and nobody gives a damn!! Kids get injured and the poor animals are terrified!! Still, the fireworks carry on...

      Kala - 2011-12-12 15:32

      My point exactly. Durban at Diwali time sound like a major war zone.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-12-12 14:58

    About time!!

  • nicn44 - 2011-12-12 14:59

    you will never stop it, even with threats of fines & jail. It is simple enough for municipalities to make all 'fireworks without bangs" legal. Browse internet pages for No bang fireworks.then they could be used all year round for any occassion

  • Theresa - 2011-12-12 15:01

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that fireworks were banned in urban areas...

  • Gary - 2011-12-12 15:25

    and who's going to inforce this? Year after year promises are made and yet people in my area go nuts till about 4am on new years day....

      Kala - 2011-12-12 16:35

      And Guy Fawkes, Diwali ....

  • Raymaree - 2011-12-12 15:26

    Would Tswane like to educate Ethekweni. We live through hell here by the lawless individuals who do not care about anybody else but themselves and their own egos.

  • Gwenyth - 2011-12-12 15:35

    I wish they would implement that LAW in JHB area - especially now that it's Christman & New Year - our poor animals !!

  • Marc - 2011-12-12 16:20

    Fine or prison from the authorites? Super. I won't be so considerate. As Martin says below, action speaks louder than yak, yak, yak. Quite likely I will end up assaulting someone. Again.

  • Blade - 2011-12-12 17:22

    How are they going to imprison the whole of Chatsworth during Diwali?

  • mario - 2011-12-12 18:13

    i don't know if they will stop this, but at least they r TRYING.and that's good.

  • Claire Knoechl - 2011-12-13 05:23

    Can they start doing this in Durban too?

  • Ven.saDhammananda - 2011-12-22 16:28

    I wish this was law in Sri Lanka too.

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