Metro police warn of fireworks fines

2011-11-04 22:25

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police have warned that fireworks in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day on Saturday should not be set off near animals.

"Any one who ignites fireworks near to animals will be fined R1 000," spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said on Friday.

"If parents allow minors to ignite fire works, they will be fined R1 500."

Minnaar said residents were allowed to set off fireworks between 19:00 and 22:00.

"Animal lovers are requested to take the necessary precautions to protect there animals during those times."

  • Liz - 2011-11-04 22:42

    please folks keep your pets inside!!!!

  • Don - 2011-11-04 23:04

    agree 100% but that must apply to all fireworks for any reason...not just Guys Fawkes.

  • Bounder - 2011-11-05 02:35

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  • Silvana - 2011-11-05 04:55

    Why do we celebrate Guy Fawkes? Like Haloween, it is not part of our culture. Ban it, I say. I have noticed that the lower the income, the louder the bang.

  • Brian - 2011-11-05 06:13

    Why do it at all? Guy Fawkes is a BRITISH event, 'celebrating'(?) the attempt, way back when, to blow up Parliament. It has absolutely no significance in South Africa. Now ..... if OUR parliament was blown up ..... with fat cats in attendance, that WOULD be something to celebrate!

      bruce.mills1 - 2011-11-06 23:34

      Actually it was a plot to blow up the British Parliament with the King in attendance! That specific Parliament and that King was responsible for putting together the English translation of the Holy Bible, now known as the King James Bible. While I think letting off fireworks is harmful to pets (and humans) hearing let us not forget that an attempt to destroy the team who gave us the best Bible to date, was averted. For that good reason we can celebrate a victory for the Word of God, but it is unnecessary to harm animals in the process.

  • Dmitri - 2011-11-05 06:55

    Agreed. The problem is that you cannot get hold of Metro, so the idiots that use fireworks in the neighbourhood do it anyway. Here is hoping that they burn down their own houses if they have no respect for the law.

  • Erich - 2011-11-05 07:38

    Every year we hear of the stern warnings to the indiscriminate use of fireworks but nothing happens. We have also lodged complaints in previous years but to no avail. Some religious holidays are also celebrated by using fireworks. These people should discharge their fireworks in desolated places where human being and animal are not inconvenienced.

      isabel.rheinhard - 2011-12-29 19:23

      COMPLETELY AGREED! Fireworx should be BANNED in every event!

  • Ballito - 2011-11-05 07:54

    While i agree the big bangs should be stopped lets not forget south africa has a very rich and diversed culture and lets not try to make it sound religious.i say to the people that celebrate diwali its all about the festival of lights so yes we should have fireworks but not big bangs an ban guyfawks

  • Danie - 2011-11-05 08:27

    I'm all for this enforcement, yet it's null & void for diwali? Really don't like these double standards at all.

  • Kate - 2011-11-05 10:09

    Guys read this article, it contradicts itself......BIG SIGH !!

      Kate - 2011-11-05 16:43


  • Theresa - 2011-11-05 10:32

    I was under the impression that fireworks were banned in urban bad.I think a few thatched roofs are gonna go up in flames again.Last year there were about five houses affected in our area alone.

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-11-05 13:45

    ".. protect THEIR animals ..." please! Journalists ought to know how to spell!

  • jacky.wrighton - 2011-11-05 20:12

    yeah right....what about my birds and donkeys? And my wildlife - the hares, mongooses, birds, and polecats? Can't exactly bring them all into the house, can we? The impact of fireworks - for whatever stupid, stupid reason - on wildlife is huge. BAN them all, please.

  • isabel.rheinhard - 2011-12-29 19:20

    Oh..... the fun I will have reporting all these idiots that don't abide to this law!!! :-) Well done SA, for implementing this GOOD law!!!

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