Crackdown on firecrackers in Mpumalanga municipality

2015-12-19 19:10
Illegal fireworks (Picture: AFP)

Illegal fireworks (Picture: AFP)

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Barberton - Anyone caught using fireworks without permission in Mpumalanga's tourist town of Barberton this festive season risks being arrested.

Umjindi local municipality spokesperson Sam Jele said fireworks were harmful to people, animals, and fragile eco-systems.

“We are calling upon everyone to celebrate this festive season, but not to violate the rights of others. We should not destroy our environment,” Jele said.

According to municipal by-laws, fireworks may not be set off on any street, public space, or private property without written approval from the chief of public safety. The municipality would appoint officers to ensure residents adhered to the by-laws.

Regional SPCA chair Marlies Liebenberg welcomed the municipality's stance on fireworks, due to their harmful effects on wild and domestic animals.

"They get bewildered and jump through glass windows, over fences and get stuck, or simply disappear. It is very traumatic for animals,” she said.

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