Police call on fireworks users to act responsibly

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 09:45

The Police Service is reminding members of the public of the dangers in the use of fireworks and similar devices.

In a statement issued Monday, the TTPS says that while the use of fireworks is not illegal, there are laws surrounding it,

The following is a statement issued by the TTPS on Monday.

"Recent unfortunate events have highlighted the fact that the citizens need to be reminded of the need to responsibly use fireworks and other similar devices.

Members of the public should be wary that fireworks can cause serious injury to the user, other persons or result in major damage to property.

With this in mind, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, wishes to advise the public that while the use of fireworks is not an illegal activity, there are laws in place to restrict the unauthorised sale and misuse of fireworks.

It must be noted that 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.”

With regard to the Sale of Fireworks; Section 10.

(1) clearly states that - “No person other than a wholesale or retail dealer shall sell gunpowder, or offer or expose the same for sale. Section 10.

(2) states- Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section is liable to a fine of two thousand dollars.”

Additionally, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has also urged the public to be mindful of the detrimental effects that noise, particularly that of fireworks, can have on sensitive groups in our communities; such as newborn babies, the elderly, the infirm and animals.

Members of the public are reminded that the role of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is not solely about the fight against crime.

It also extends to ensuring the general safety of the public.

As such, the TTPS is encouraging fireworks users to act responsibly and make safety a priority at all times."