Fireworks Month (November) is here and the annual fireworks noise frenzy is about to affect most residents, animals and birds. Improper use of fireworks is illegal and it is important to know the strict fireworks regulations and the rights of residents to demand action against illegal fireworks usage.
- No person may light or ignite fireworks in any place where animals are present. This includes domestic homes.
- No person may allow a minor (child) under their supervision to use, light or ignite fireworks. No exceptions to this rule.
- No person may use fireworks on any agricultural holding or at any school or senior citizens’ residence without special Council authorisation. This authorisation must be sought well in advance of intended day.
- No person can use fireworks within 500 metres of any petrol depot or petrol station.
- No person or organisation can present a fireworks display or show without special authorisation from the Council, Civil Aviation Authority and the Chief Inspector of Explosives. At such a display granted, a Pyrotechnist and SA Police Services explosives expert must be present at all times. .
- No person may sell fireworks unless they hold a fireworks licence in terms of the Explosives Act as well as the written authority of the Chief Fire Officer.
Report Illegal use of Fireworks:
City of Tshwane’s By-law Enforcement Centre
Tel: 012 358 0070
Toll-free number: 0801 111 556
Select Option 1 for “Fire, ambulance and metro police” Then should select Option 3 for the By-law Enforcement Centre.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Report Noise Complaints:
Environmental Health one-stop service:
Tel: 012 358 4656
Toll-free number: 0801 111 556
Important Dates for November & December 2015:
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