TTPS warns against unlawful use and sale of fireworks


    Ahead of Divali and Old Years’ night, buyers and sellers of fireworks are being reminded that there are laws governing the explosive items.

    The TTPS says over the years, there have been reports of the indiscriminate use of the items and even injuries.

    The following laws are what the TTPS says governs the use and sale of fireworks:

    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.
    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.

    Explosives Act Chapter 16:02
    Sale of Fireworks

    In accordance with 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.
    Inspection of Stock and Books 
    Section 40. (1) states the following quite clearly- 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.