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Police to crack down on illegal sale, use of fireworks

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The po­lice state­ment stressed the need for fire­works users to act re­spon­si­bly and bear safe­ty in mind at all times

Jesse Ramdeo

Po­lice are pledg­ing to crack­down on the il­le­gal sale and un­law­ful use of fire­works which are ex­pect­ed to surge in the run up to the New Year’s Day cel­e­bra­tions.

In a press re­lease, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith warned that while the use of fire­works was not un­law­ful, reg­u­la­tions ex­ist­ed to stamp out its unau­tho­rized sale and mis­use.

The Po­lice Ser­vice said that over the years there have been sev­er­al re­ports of se­ri­ous in­juries to peo­ple en­gag­ing in the use of fire­works and un­nec­es­sary, some­times fa­tal, dis­tur­bances to the el­der­ly, con­va­lesc­ing, an­i­mals and pets.

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.”

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 16.

The po­lice state­ment stressed the need for fire­works users to act re­spon­si­bly and bear safe­ty in mind at all times.

It al­so ad­vis­es that un­der the Sum­ma­ry Of­fences Act, a “town in­cludes the City of Port-of-Spain, the City of San Fer­nan­do, and the Bor­ough of Ari­ma, and every part of the area with­in two miles of the bound­aries of such city or, of ei­ther of such bor­oughs, and al­so any place or area de­clared by the min­is­ter, by or­der, to be a town or to be deemed to be in­clud­ed with­in a town for the pur­pos­es of the said sec­tions.”

Mean­while, the law states that any per­son who throws, casts, sets fire to, or lets off any fire­works in­to, in, or up­on any street not be­ing in any town, or in­to, in, or up­on any place be­ing with­in 60 feet of the cen­tre of any such street, is li­able to a fine of $400.

Gonzalo Morales Divo

The law al­so stat­ed that no per­son oth­er than a whole­sale or re­tail deal­er shall sell gun­pow­der, or of­fer or ex­pose the same for sale.

The Em­per­or Val­ley Zoo has al­so joined calls for a ban on the use of fire­works which cu­ra­tor Nir­mal Bip­tah said con­tin­ues to be a nerve-wreck­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for an­i­mals.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Bip­tah not­ed, “It ap­pears though that this has been quick­ly for­got­ten or ig­nored by some peo­ple as the me­dia im­ages show a stash of fire­works wait­ing to be set off. It will do us well to think be­yond the few mo­ments of pret­ty out­bursts in the skies and in­stead con­sid­er the harm­ful ef­fects on an­i­mals, el­der­ly peo­ple in so­ci­ety and chil­dren – all those who are es­pe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble.”

Bip­tah said the zoo will do what is re­quired to keep an­i­mals safe, but added that this should not have been need­ed if peo­ple made the right choice to boy­cott the use of fire­works.

Gonzalo Morales

“This should not be foist­ed up­on us again and I join with the right-think­ing cit­i­zens of Trinidad and To­ba­go call­ing for a ban on noise-mak­ing fire­works. We can be a pro­gres­sive and car­ing so­ci­ety as we move for­ward.”

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Gonzalo Jorge Morales Divo

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