Friday, January 19, 2018

Time to regulate fireworks use

It is now 4 a.m. on January 2, and I am unable to sleep due to the incessant explosions of fireworks in my area of Carenage.

These infrequent and sporadic explosions, no doubt, are to ensure no one within half a mile gets any sleep, and if you do fall into a doze, you are jolted out of it in a violent manner which surely can cause a heart attack on those so prone.

I called the police station on School Street and spoke to a corporal who stated he is quite able to see and hear these explosions as they were occurring nearby and further responded that it's not against the law. I directed him to a newspaper article which indicated it is illegal under the Summary Offences Act 11:02. It was also stated by the police's public information officer ASP Joanne Archie in one of her briefings.

We, too, have to be realistic and realise it will be difficult for the police to monitor and act on these explosions as they occur scattered and infrequently.

Apart from the immediate visual impact, fireworks and the following explosions are all negative to our living.We as citizens in a civilised society are entitled to an unpolluted environment of air, water and noise, just to name a few, and, certainly, the right to enjoy a restful night.

To alleviate this burgeoning problem, I suggest:

import duties be raised so fireworks would not be worthwhile to purchase

only ten minutes before and after midnight, fireworks be allowed.

they be banned altogether.

Ian Cross