Police threaten fireworks clampdown

2011-12-21 22:11

Pretoria - The illegal sale and use of fireworks will be closely monitored and stopped ahead of the end of year celebrations, national police said on Wednesday.

"We are going ahead with our inspections to ensure that people adhere to the law. We want to make sure that fireworks will not be sold and used illegally," Captain Dennis Adriao said in Pretoria.

He said on Tuesday, police raided two supermarkets where they found large amounts of fireworks being sold, but the shops had no licences to do so.

"We conducted the inspections around the Pretoria area. Members of the explosives unit accompanied by Tshwane metro police found large amounts of fireworks being sold illegally."

Tshwane metro police spokesperson pwoman Alta Fourie said they confiscated fireworks and counterfeit goods worth R8.5m.

"We closed a shop that had very large stocks of fireworks than is stipulated in the law. Some of the fireworks were seized from street vendors. They are not allowed to be selling fireworks."

Earlier this month, the Tshwane emergency services department warned that residents who set off fireworks without written permission from the chief fire officer would face hefty penalties.

These included a R5 000 fine and/or six months' imprisonment.

"These sanctions also apply to people permitting the [illegal] discharge of fireworks", Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said.

  • isabel.rheinhard - 2011-12-29 19:18

    STOP BUYING THEM - Sorted!!!

  • ronel.minnie - 2011-12-31 19:37

    I can't believe what I am reading here. December 2010 I phoned the Villieria police station as the people 3 houses down from me were shooting fireworks that sounded like bombs. My animals were petrified! It sounded like 3rd world war! The cops at Villieria police station told me, quote "relax it is new year and everybody is having fun". He refused to give his name, white, afrikaans! This is after he admitted that fireworks were illegal! Wonder what will happen if I phone this year as the neighbourhood has already started "having their fun".

  • JLWilson - 2011-12-31 22:58

    Where are they clamping down - I live close to the Honeydew police station and there have been crackers going off all night that we cancelled our plans to stay at home to look after our dogs. While the crackers are blasting off - including those of our neighbours - there is not a police van nor a JMPD vehicle in sight. So where are they clamping down?? Please, they've probably made a quick buck or 2 from the sellers.

  • Nyette Chadinha - 2013-12-31 23:20

    Why not make the import of fireworks illegal? Problem solved. If it is not for sale it won't be bought. Having a terrifying evening with my animals. News 24, why don't you guys attempt to phone the Akasia Police Station? Don't even answer their phones! That's scary!! Guess they are busy shooting the illegal fireworks that were confiscated... Sure sounds like it!!

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