TTPS warns against unauthorized sale and unlawful use of fireworks

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    With Old Year’s Night just a couple of days away, the TTPS is warning of its zero tolerance stance on the unauthorized sale and unlawful use of fireworks.

    It says over the years there have been reports of serious injuries to persons using fireworks, and unnecessary – sometimes fatal – disturbances to the elderly, unwell persons, pets and other animals.

    The TTPS is also reminds of the Public Health Ordinance Regulations which are in place to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    In this regard, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says while the use of fireworks is not an illegal activity, there are laws in restricting the unauthorized sale and misuse of such items.

    Persons are reminded that 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 sixteen.

    The TTPS will also ensure that persons engaged in the sale of fireworks conduct such business under the authority of a licence, and warns that anyone found in contravention will be charged.

    It also stresses the need for fireworks users to act responsibly and bear safety in mind at all times.

    The relevant legislation as it relates to fireworks use is as follows:

    The Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02

    Fireworks in the Town – Section 99 (1) states:

    Except as prescribed by Regulations under this Act, 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 ($1,000). In addition, Section 99. (2) states – In this section and in Sections 100 and 101, “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.

    Fireworks Outside of Town – Section 100 states:

    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 sixty feet of the centre of any such street, is liable to a fine of four hundred dollars ($400).

    Sale of Fireworks – Section 10 (1):

    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 ($2,000).

    Inspection of Stock and Books – Section 40 (1) states:

    A police officer may at any time when such premises are open for business, enter the premises of any wholesale or retail dealer and inspect all explosives in the stock of the dealer and the receptacles in which the same may be stored, and books kept by any such dealer under this Act, and take a copy of any entries in any of such books.