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The Cape Town V&A Waterfront’s fireworks display to mark the dawn of 2024 will go ahead on Sunday, 31 December. Image: Nick / Pixabay

Diwali: Here’s how much you could be fined for discharging fireworks in eThekwini

Celebrating Diwali? Here’s everything you need to know about fines you could pay and what bylaws say if you live in eThekwini.

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The Cape Town V&A Waterfront’s fireworks display to mark the dawn of 2024 will go ahead on Sunday, 31 December. Image: Nick / Pixabay

The eThekwini Municipality has appealed to residents who are celebrating Diwali on 24 October to discharge fireworks in the safest possible way, during the allotted hours.

The annual festival of lights is celebrated by Hindus around the world, but it is also celebrated by Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.


EThekwini Metro Police spokesperson Geraldine Stevens said if residents are engaging in the discharging of fireworks, they must do so in a responsible manner, taking into consideration the health and safety of their furry family members. 

Stevens said pets must be kept away from the fireworks and must have an identification tag with the details of the owner, including their home address and contact number. 


According to the municipality, fireworks are allowed only on 24 October from sunset until midnight as many will be celebrating Diwali. 

It added that bylaws are in place to govern the lighting of fireworks and fines will be issued if anyone is caught in contravention. Fireworks must be restricted to a person’s property and not be lit on a public road.

“Residents could face fines of up to R3 500 as the admission of guilt for discharging fireworks on the road is R1 000, and the fine for discharging fireworks in public is R2 500,” said Stevens. 

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The health and safety of pets should be prioritised during the Diwali celebrations. Image: PIXABAY

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The bylaw states: 

• Low-hazard fireworks, such as fountains, lawn lights and sparkles can be lit in private homes.

• Fireworks such as air bombs, supersonic bangs, sound shells, fountain whistles and screeches are prohibited as they cause a disturbance and are a nuisance to neighbours.

• The bylaw also calls for children under 16 years old to be properly supervised by an adult when letting off fireworks.

• Fireworks should be detonated away from hospitals, clinics, old age/nursing homes, animal welfare and petrol stations. Fireworks should not be pointed towards any person as this is dangerous.

• 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.

• It shall be unlawful for any person to point or direct a firework at any person, animal, building or motor vehicle where such firework is in the process of exploding or detonating.

• No person shall light or detonate fireworks in any place where animals are kept.

• No person may terrify, cause stress or endanger the life of any animal with fireworks or by any other means.

Residents are also reminded that fireworks cannot be recycled and therefore they need to be disposed appropriately, in black bin bags. Residents have also been urged not to dispose of fireworks in orange refuse bags as this is deemed unsafe since fireworks cannot be recycled.