Police advise on 'responsible' fireworks use
While the use of fireworks is not an illegal activity, there must be responsible use of fireworks and similar devices.
The friendly reminder comes from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith following a series of unfortunate events involving the use of fireworks.
Commissioner Griffith said people should be wary that fireworks can cause serious injury to the user and others, or result in major damage to property.
He noted while fireworks are 100 percent legal, there are laws in place to restrict the unauthorised sale and misuse of fireworks.
According to the Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02, Section 99, “any person who throws, casts, sets fire to, or lets off any fireworks within any town is liable to a fine of one thousand dollars.”
With regard to the Sale of Fireworks; Section 10. (1) clearly states that - “No person other than a wholesale or retail dealer shall sell gunpowder, or offer or expose the same for sale.
Section 10. (2) states- Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section is liable to a fine of two thousand dollars.”
Further, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has also urged the public to be mindful of the detrimental effects that noise, particularly that of fireworks, can have on sensitive groups in our communities; such as newborn babies, the elderly, the infirm and animals.
Griffith noted that the role of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is not solely about the fight against crime, as it extends to ensuring the general safety of the public.
In this regard, the TTPS is encouraging fireworks users to act responsibly and make safety a priority at all times.
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