Friday 23 August, 2019

Scratch bombs to be banned

Cabinet has taken a decision to ban the sale and importation of scratch bombs into this country.

National Security Minister Stuart Young made the announcement at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday.

Young said the decision, which he described as a “real nuisance”, follows a number of instances in which children and adults were injured by scratch bombs.

“Last year or the year before, irresponsible persons threw a scratch bomb into a car and a lady in an attempt…to save her grandchild picked up the scratch bomb to throw it out of the car and it exploded in her hand and she lost some fingers.”

“We have had recent incidents with children playing with scratch bombs and they’ve sustained injuries, and even some adults.”

The National Security Ministry will move expeditiously to have the ban implemented into law.  

The Minister indicated that the enforcement of the ban should begin soon.

Young later clarified that the decision meant that for the first time the importation and sale of “scratch bombs” will be expressly illegal under the Explosives Act.

“I direct you to section 37 of the Explosives Act, Chap 16:02 and the power of the Minister (Minister of National Security), who may by Order, prohibit absolutely, or subject to conditions or restrictions, the manufacture, keeping, importation, conveyance and sale or any of them of any explosive which is of so dangerous a character that, in the judgment of the Minister, it is expedient for the public safety to make the Order.

He noted that the sale and importation of “explosives” in forms commonly known as “scratch bombs” continues to take place.

There is currently no Order made under the Explosive Act banning the importation and sale of “scratch bombs”.

Young said the order will ensure that the ban can be legally enforced.

"As Minister, I intend to make an Order covering in the broadest possible terms all categories of explosives that are generically described as “scratch bombs” making it clearer for enforcement and in particular making it illegal to import and sell this category of explosives.”

 

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