Pretoria fireworks stores shut down

2011-12-31 21:08

Johannesburg - Two stores selling fireworks were shut down for various safety violations in Marabastad, Pretoria on Saturday, metro police said.

Tshwane metro police spokesman Console Tleane said the businesses were using trucks as storage for the fireworks.

"Store owners were ordered to send away nine trucks which were found packed in front of the stores and used as storerooms.

"This practice is not only illegal; it is dangerous," said Tleane.

He said there were also not enough fire extinguishers on the premises.

  • Charles - 2011-12-31 21:46

    You would never say that, judging by the way these aholes are setting off fireworks in Pretoria tonight... Wish they could close down Hassim's too

      Gary - 2011-12-31 23:12

      I second that on Hassims, They've been going crazy in the area since noon. Fat lot of difference the cops have done this year. I've got both my dogs sitting by my feet because of this BS.

  • Ian - 2011-12-31 22:00

    good, excellent news

  • tom.mundell1 - 2012-01-01 06:11

    I don't think the METRO Police worried about the ammount of fireworks sold o the public and by the way it sounded last night with fireworks from private residences the did a bad job again as usual

  • Andrew - 2012-01-01 06:28

    What happened to the ban on fireworks, as last night and into the early hours fireworks were being set off and lit the sky over many areas of Eastern JHB. Once again laws were flouted with no visible re-action therefore must question the laws that cannot or are not policed.In all likelyhood the Metro police were all at home in JHB and Ekurhuleni as no ovetime being paid for this type of offence.

      bruce.mills1 - 2012-01-01 11:41

      To all those wonderful 'citizens' who let off fireworks all around our house last night and violated my peace and the peace of my pets - whom I had to sedate heavily, again - you don't deserve the moniker of 'CIVIL' that we would like to attach to the word 'Society'. To have 'fun' at the expense of others and to cause pain, knowingly, is the most selfish act any human can perform. I support the total - I mean total, ban on the manufacture, import, sale and use of fireworks in this country. The 'citizens' are clearly unable to exercise self control and restraint in this regard. Permits are required to set off fireworks - would any of you 'citizens' care to post a copy of your permit? Andrew, your observation of our dear Metro Police's inaction is quite correct. Therefore if there were no fireworks in the country, we could have a peaceful transition into the new year. The counter argument about religious groups that use fireworks is void as the result to shattering our peace is the same. Anyone brave enough to agree to a total ban on fireworks?

  • Jack - 2012-01-01 09:19

    Every year I see the same thing happen,people that walk around the neibourhood begging for money and food because they cannot afford to care for their 3 or 4 children suddenly have the money to set off hundreds of rands of fireworks and dont't you dare ask them why they don't save the money for food they tell you straight what they think off you. Next week they will be back begging for money....

      Ilsa - 2012-01-01 11:13

      Same problem here in the Strand, we had to sit up the whole night to calm the dogs. Can't go anywhere.

  • lee.lws - 2012-01-01 11:10

    Evidently this fireworks problem FAR exceeds the sudden putting out of fires by the authorities (which we applaud, by the way!) PLEASE start at the ports (harbours) Tonnes of these things are being imported as Food Stuff = No port taxes payable. That means that most fireworks available in SA today, has been illegally imported. There is little or NO control at the ports. Spot checks are NOT GOOD ENOUGH! To substantiate my allegation - why are there so many fake cd's, dvd's, clothing etc. in this country if port control was functional???

      Anthony - 2012-01-01 13:10

      i agree lee-- but lets not forget that it is a criminal offence to do fireworks in this country unless u have a permit so-- the thousands of people who did fireworks last night are breaking the law and thus are CRIMINALS i get soooo tired of hearing about how the anc and the goverment break the law and are criminals and yet here we go on old years night with all the 'good guys' breaking the law SOUTH AFRICANS ARE A LAWLESS PEOPLE

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-01 15:41

    Anyone who lets off fireworks, at any time of the year, is a pig. Animals are sacred and yet they don't mind scarring them, sometimes even in the name of religion. Ban them completely there is no need for it.

  • Kim - 2012-01-01 19:47

    We've still got fireworks going off in the Randburg area and of course, don't dare ask your neighbours to turn down their doef doef doef music which they have been playing non stop since 06:00 this morning because then you are racist. Why do certain nationalities always have to be so damn loud and why are they always above the law!!

  • Hadassah57 - 2012-01-02 08:17

    It seems that there is no control on the import of fireworks either... must be part of the deal with China. The people who set them off have no logic, common sense and not much between the flaps on the sides of their heads, Pta North seems to have the most of them, where were all the metro police and zero tolerance that was repeatedly spoken of on the news... busy taking bribes and helping to set them off!!! I say lets stand together and march for a total ban on fireworks.

  • Elize Pretorius Deetlefs - 2013-11-05 13:40

    It should be banned completely, finish and klaar.....

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