DURBAN Metropolitan Police Service encourages all citizens to use fireworks in a responsible and considerate manner, showing respect for neighbours and animals.
Speaking on behalf of Metro Police, Snr Supt Parboo Sewpersad urged residents to be aware of bylaws with regards to the discharge of fireworks.
“Only shop bought goods will be permitted for use by ordinary civilians,” he said.
In terms of the Explosives Act No. 26, 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 and 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.
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It is unlawful for any person to point or direct a firework at any person, animal, building or motor vehicle where the firework is in the process of exploding or detonating, no person shall light or detonate fireworks in any place where animals are kept and no person may terrify, cause stress or endanger the life of any animal with fireworks or by any other means.
“Please ensure that your pets are fitted with a collar with an identification tag on which states your home address and telephone number in case your pet strays, so it can be returned to you as soon as possible,” he said.
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