The City of Cape Town appeals to residents to be cautious and sensible when discharging fireworks during Diwali (3 November 2013) and Guy Fawkes (5 November 2013) celebrations.

Designated areas have been assigned for this purpose, outlined below:

Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis

Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis

Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road, Macassar

Swartklip Sports Complex, corner of Spine and Swartklip Roads, Mitchells Plain

Maidens Cove parking area, Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Athlone Stadium parking area (Eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone

Strandfontein Pavilion, Strandfontein

Beachfront opposite Tourism Centre, Table View

It is illegal to discharge fireworks outside of the designated areas. It is also illegal to purchase fireworks from traders who do not have a valid police-issued permit. Informal traders found selling fireworks will have their stock confiscated in terms of the Informal Trading By-law. In 2012, the City’s Informal Trading Unit confiscated approximately one ton of fireworks from traders at traffic intersections and from persons selling at designated fireworks discharge locations along the False Bay coast in the run-up to Guy Fawkes.

Fireworks are only permitted to be sold in sealed packages, as received from the suppliers. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed by law to purchase and/or discharge fireworks without adult supervision. Residents are reminded that anyone discharging shop-bought fireworks at these sites does so at their own risk. The City will not be held liable for any claims for injury or damage that may occur from the use of fireworks. Last year, eight children sustained injuries while discharging fireworks.

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Pets should be kept safely indoors where possible as animals are easily frightened by fireworks and can become distressed or try to escape from their properties. Before you leave your home on Guy Fawkes, please ensure that your pets are safely secured on your property, in familiar surroundings and out of harm’s way.

All approved, organised fireworks displays in Cape Town are presented by licensed fireworks contractors who operate under the Explosives Act, Number 26 of 1956; the Explosives Regulations; and the City’s Community Fire Safety By-Law. The City’s Fire Safety Inspectors and Law Enforcement officers, together with the Explosives Unit of the South African Police Services (SAPS), will conduct inspections at fireworks display sites to ensure that all safety requirements are met.

Members of the public who attend these displays must adhere to safety instructions given by fireworks operators, event organisers and security personnel.

Safety tips when fireworks are discharged

Only discharge fireworks that have been purchased from an accredited shop.

Children must be supervised at all times when around fireworks.

Do not discharge fireworks indoors.

Only discharge fireworks at the designated sites.

Make sure that you discharge the fireworks out of range of spectators and any other structures or vehicles.

Do not try to re-ignite a ‘dud’ as it could explode near your hands or face.

Only light one at a time.

Do not make your own fireworks.

Only use fireworks as directed by the instructions printed on the package.

Do not light fireworks inside any type of container.

Never discharge fireworks whilst under the influence of intoxicating substances.

To report a fire, call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone (enter the number on your cell phone as a speed dial).

Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should please report the information to the Metro Police Call Centre on 0860-POLICE (765 423) or to the SAPS on 10111.