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Residents reminded of fireworks bylaws ahead of Guy Fawkes night

Nov 5, 2018
Residents reminded of fireworks bylaws ahead of Guy Fawkes night

Port Elizabeth-based private security company, Atlas, has advised residents that there are rules and regulations applicable to certain municipal areas, though, which need to be adhered to.

The use of fireworks in South Africa is regulated by by-laws under the Explosives Act, 1956. It states that:

  • Fireworks may not be set off in any public place, for example, in parks, on the pavement or the streets.
  • Children under 16 may not buy or set off fireworks unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Fireworks may not be sold by street vendors, hawkers or at any informal open-air facilities.
  • No fireworks should be set off, detonated or exploded within 200 metres of any hospital, clinic, petrol station, old-age home or nursing home, or animal welfare organisation or institution.
  • Any dealer selling fireworks must be in possession of a valid licence issued by the chief inspector of the Department of Explosives.
  • Using fireworks to frighten animals is against the law.

"According to the Explosives Act, the period in which the lighting of fireworks is allowed is from 7 pm to 10 pm," Atlas warned.

"Atlas Security anticipates many requests tonight for assistance in the event of detonation of fireworks in neighbourhoods. Atlas Security kindly requests that you report transgressions immediately to the nearest police station, as our first priority is that of our alarms and our clients."

Contact numbers:

  • Metro Police: 041 585 1555
  • SAPS: 10111
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Dog Control (After-hours): 079 4900 540

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