Celebrate Guy Fawkes responsibly in Kempton Park

The Metro police urge residents to report fireworks complaints to 011-458-0911.

“However, we must realise that this is a very difficult offence to enforce thus, the law enforcers rely heavily on the members of public reporting complaints,” Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago, metro police spokesman, said.

For setting off fireworks in residential areas, a permit has to be applied for at the nearest EMPD Precinct. For public displays, permission has to be sought with the police.

With regard to businesses dealing in fireworks, EMS has to ensure that they are stored and displayed in a safe manner in the shops.

The enforcement of illegal setting off of fireworks is provided for in terms of EMPD Disturbance of Peace (SEC 42(2) and Gauteng Noise Control Regulations (1999 REG 9(d))

“We hope that people out there will conduct themselves responsibly when setting off fireworks by being considerate to their neighbours, close supervision to children as well as ensuring that pets (domestic animals) are not traumatised,” Kgasago said.

Section 42. Disturbance of the peace

(2) No person shall discharge fireworks without the prior written consent of the Council, and such written consent shall hereafter be called a “Fireworks permit”. Such “Fireworks permit” will be readily available at the event and
produced on request by an authorized officer. Any person failing to do so shall be guilty of an offence.
Penalty: R2,000 fine

Gauteng Noise Control (Health & Environmental Health)
Regulation 9(d)

Discharge fireworks in a residential area in a manner which may cause a noise nuisance
Penalty: Liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding R20,000

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