It is evident that more clarification is needed on the laws governing fireworks. We totally understand the scratch bomb issue, which is another part of the problem, now well documented as being prohibited totally in Trinidad and Tobago. But, after the New Year’s celebrations and the experience again of hearing the loud noises in various neighborhoods, frightening not only the helpless animals, but human beings, big and small.
Just prior to the start of the new year, the Police Service advised 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.”.
Right. So where were the police on December 31st and January 1st when this was happening? Maybe the handing out of fines was not publicized, because there’s no word yet from the police as to whether anyone was caught disobeying that law.
If we are to clarify anything in that law, it’s the word ‘town’. What is a town and how is it defined when fireworks are involved? And what is the true purpose for the law?
Yes, we know, fireworks can be a dangerous thing if misused, and it can damage property as well. So we are to assume that any neighborhood, where homes and pets are involved, fireworks should be a no-no. Well, the celebrations continued, just like it has been over the years, without anyone being fined under that law.
Must we continue to torture the animals, the elderly and the sickly? The noise goes on, sometimes for days after the celebration…just because.
We, the citizens, are always being told to be responsible with the fireworks use. Yes indeed, and the police should be responsible with enforcing the law as well!