ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
29/12/17
MUNICIPALITY ENCOURAGES RESPONSIBLE USE OF FIREWORKS AND DISPOSAL

As people will be ringing in the New Year with an extravagant display of fireworks, the eThekwini Municipality would like to remind residents to use fireworks responsibly and be considerate of the neighbours and animals.

The Municipal bylaw allow for fireworks to be set off from 23h45 on December 31 until 00h15 in the New Year. However there are conditions that residents need to adhere to. Low-hazard fireworks, such as fountains, lawn lights and sparkles can be lit in private homes. Fireworks such as air bombs, supersonic bangs, sound shells, fountain whistles and screeches are prohibited as they cause a disturbance and are a nuisance to neighbours. The bylaw also call for children under 16 years of age to be properly supervised by an adult when letting off fireworks. Fireworks should be detonated away from hospitals, clinics, old age/nursing homes, animal welfare and petrol stations. Fireworks should not be pointed towards any person as this is dangerous.

Residents are also reminded that fireworks cannot be recycled and therefore they need to be disposed appropriately, in the black bin bags.

The Municipality urges residents not to dispose fireworks in the orange refuse bags as this is deemed unsafe since fireworks cannot be recycled. Residents are requested to be responsible and comply with the fireworks and waste bylaw.

The following numbers can be used in case of an emergency: contact eThekwini Fire and Emergency Unit and Metro Police on 031 361 0000 and SPCA can be reached on 031 579 6500
 
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Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.