Police have asked the public to practice caution while using fireworks. Image: Pixabay

Fireworks: Police urge public to use caution this New Year’s Eve  

The SAPS has asked the public to be cautious when using fireworks this New Year’s Eve and be mindful of municipal by-laws


Police have asked the public to practice caution while using fireworks. Image: Pixabay

The South African Police Service (SAPS) reminds the public to use caution when setting off fireworks on New Year’s Eve and to follow municipal by-laws.

Police ask for compliance in the use of fireworks

New Year’s Eve celebrations can be difficult, especially when it comes to complying with the use of firecrackers.

The public is reminded that fireworks in the country are governed by the Explosives Act of 1956, act no 26 of 1956.

Different municipalities have bylaws that limit and guide the use and discharge of firecrackers.

As part of the Safer Festive Season operations, 2022/2023 – “Operation Vala Konke,” the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies and role players are responsible for ensuring general safety, including the enforcement of various legislation.

The public should also be aware of Regulation 5(e) of Section 25 of the Environment Conservation Act, 1998 (Act 73 of 1998).

This act states that no person shall use or discharge any explosive, firearm, or similar device emitting impulsive sound or permit it to be used or discharged, if it may cause a noise nuisance, except with the prior written consent of the local authority concerned and subject to such conditions as the local authority deems necessary.

Safety tips

Police will be on the ground to increase visibility and reduce festive season crime.

The public is reminded that their cooperation is critical to general safety.

This includes taking precautionary measures and following the following safety tips when discharging any firecrackers:

  • No fireworks should be used or discharged within 500 meters of an explosive magazine, explosive factory, petroleum depot, or gasometer.
  • Fireworks should not be used or discharged in any building or public thoroughfare.
  • Except with the prior written permission of the local authority, do not use or discharge fireworks in any public place or resort.
  • Only wholesale and retail dealers licensed under the Explosives Act and in possession of a valid license issued by the Chief Inspector of Explosives are permitted to sell fireworks.
  • No fireworks may be sold from the boot of a vehicle/trailer/”spazashop” by a street hawker or vendor at a flea market.
  • Do not hold lit fireworks in your hand for your own safety.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
  • Once the fireworks are lit, keep your distance.
  • Fireworks should always be used/lit by children under the supervision of an adult/parent.
  • To ensure their safety, keep pets away from fireworks and under control.
  • Never attempt to create your own fireworks.
  • Always keep fireworks away from people, buildings, and flammable materials.
  • Allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks right after they have been discharged; some may still be ignited and could explode at any time.

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