‘A cat trying to catch its tail’
The Deputy CoP clearly defined the law that perpetrators could be fined $1,000 for using fireworks “in a town”.
Given the fact that most people spend well in excess of $1,000 to purchase their supply of fireworks, the fine is not severe enough. If “the Commissioner is the only one authorised to grant a licence for the sale of fireworks”, then why has he done so? If it was not him then someone else is guilty of breaking another law. If no one granted it then the vendors are selling illegally.
The whole scenario is like a cat trying to catch its own tail. Somebody needs to seriously address the problem and put a stop to it. The question is, who is that somebody?
Make the Queen’s Park Savannah a designated fireworks area for Old Year’s night and allow all and sundry to come and amuse themselves with little annoyance to residents.
Maybe do it for Independence too and have the Government save some money in the process.