ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
13 October 2017
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Reminder of Responsible Firework Usage During Diwali
 
Residents are urged to remember the importance of using fireworks responsibly as well as adhering to eThekwini Municipality by-laws ahead of the Diwali celebrations next week.
 
Metro Police Acting Head Steve Middleton said the City respects and appreciates the different religions and cultural practices in eThekwini, adding that according to City by-laws, Diwali is categorised as a religious and cultural day.
 
“As much as we understand that it is a time for celebration, fireworks are to be used in a responsible and considerate manner with due respect for neighbours and the welfare animals,” he said.
 
Middleton said any fireworks that are classified in the Explosives Act No. 26 of 1956 as 1.3 are to be discharged by a qualified pyro technician and that only ordinary shop-bought fireworks are permitted for use by ordinary residents.
 
He urged residents to ensure that pets are fitted with a collar that has an identification tag which states their home address and telephone number, in case the pet strays.
 
Middleton said residents need to adhere to the following:
 
- No person must allow or permit any child under the age of 16 years to handle or use fireworks, except under the supervision of an adult.
- No person shall ignite, discharge or explode any fireworks on any public road, residence, or private dwelling without the knowledge and consent of the occupant or owner of the property.
- It is unlawful for any person to point or direct a firework at any person, animal, building or motor vehicle where such firework is in the process of exploding or detonating.
- No person shall light or detonate fireworks in any place where animals are kept.
- No person may terrify, cause stress or endanger the life of any animal with fireworks or by any other means.
- No retail dealer shall sell fireworks to the public other than the consumer fireworks, which contains low hazard.
- No person may use any fireworks other than the consumer fireworks in any residence except on approved days. These are currently Diwali; Guy Fawkes and 31 December from 11:45pm until 12:15am.
 
Middleton urged residents to report non-compliance to Metro Police on 031 361 0000.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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