TTPS issues fireworks warning ahead of New Year celebrations
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is advising members of the public to be responsible when using fireworks, particularly during this festive season.
It is reminding citizens to be responsible in the use of fireworks and other similar devices as they can cause serious injury to the user, other persons or result in major damage to property.
In this regard, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is advising the public that while the use of fireworks is not an illegal activity, there are laws in place to restrict the unauthorised sale and misuse of fireworks.
The public is advised to note that 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.”
The TTPS noted that fireworks are not to be used indoors, near dry grass or anywhere that may cause injury to persons, and animals or damage to property and should not be sold to any child under the age of sixteen.
It added that it will ensure that persons engaged in the sale of fireworks conduct such business under the authority of a licence, and anyone found in contravention of the law will be charged.