News you need to know ... 8 November

By Kirstin Buick
07 November 2013

The news you need to know from the week that was.

Hot topic - should fireworks be banned?

Fireworks are supposed to be a beautiful spectacle to mark a celebration. But this week, fireworks caused death and sadness for many families.

In Durban, six-year-old Tyreece Jordan Naicker died on Monday after swallowing a firework.

He swallowed the firework on Sunday morning but only told his mother later that day. He was rushed to hospital where he later died. READ MORE:

YOU reader Sherri-Lee Kriedemann lost a beloved pet after the fireworks set off as part of Diwali celebrations gave her labrador a heart attack.

"We are now left with a void in our family and my 8-year-old son is devastated. One night of pointless amusement for some equals a lifetime of heartache for others," she said. "Ban fireworks all together!"

This seems to be the sentiment among many of our readers. The overwhelming response has been that fireworks should be banned, or better regulated.

Here are our top reader comments from Facbook:

Farzana Bismilla Bhamjee: "I personaly feel that our goverment needs to implement a fireworks licence! No one should use fireworks without a registered and approved licence and there needs to be specific venues for usage of fireworks! If people can't purchase fire arms without a licence then it should the same for fireworks."

Krishnavani Pam Kannigadu: "My lab is still shaken even though I gave him calming tablets. One of my cats only returned today." Debs Klug Ihekwoaba: "My dog was trying to get invisible in a corner. She was shaking all over. I had to drug her eventually to try and calm her. Please ban fireworks!" Click here to find out how to protect your pets that are frightened by fireworks PLUS Four other big stories from the week that was

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Dying teen’s Roar cover goes viral: Sixteen-year-old Olivia Wise from Toronto must have been over the moon when she received a video message from Katy Perry after recording a cover of Katy’s Roar. There are hundreds of covers of the hit song on YouTube, but to Olivia, the song’s simple but powerful lyrics hold more meaning than most. Olivia has a brain tumour, and she is dying. READ MORE:

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