Fireworks: Fines of R1 000 could be issued

The EMPD is monitoring the situation with the police (file photo).

The discharge of fireworks is provided for under the Gauteng Noise Control Regulations (1999) Regulation 9(b), and the EMPD Services By-laws Section 42 (2) (Disturbance of the Peace).

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In line with this, Kgasago told members of the public to note the following:

  • Applications by businesses to sell fireworks are processed by the South African Police Service’s Explosives Unit and EMS.
  • Businesses selling fireworks without the necessary certificate will be liable to a fine of R2 500.
  • Public displays (professional) of fireworks must be by registered pyro technicians with a valid permit – obtainable from the SAPS and subject to permission from the local authority.

“Furthermore, businesses are warned against illegal advertising of fireworks on traffic signs, pavements, including deploying people at intersections and pavements to illegally sell these fireworks,” Kgasago said.

“In line with the City’s by-laws on disturbing the peace, anyone setting off fireworks illegally will receive a R1 000 spot fine.

“Incidents can be reported to the call centre  on 011 458 0911.

“Those intending to set off fireworks are implored to seriously take into account the safety of both children and domestic animals.

“It is a well-known fact that unsupervised children setting off fireworks – especially the ‘bombs’ – have in the past suffered serious injuries and domestic animals traumatised to an extent that some of them end up going astray.

“Since the enforcing of fireworks is somewhat difficult, the EMPD relies mostly on the community members reporting irresponsible use of fireworks by calling the EMM Call Centre on 011-458-0911.

“Let us have a safe and peaceful festive season celebrations by acting responsibly where usage of fireworks is concerned.”

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