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Safety Tips / News | SAPS ON FIREWORKS: Police and other Role Players Warns Public About use of Fireworks

Media Statement North West Media Centre Corporate Communication


The South African Police Service (SAPS) together with other role players are responsible to ensure general safety including enforcement of various legislation as part of Safer Festive Season Operations that was officially launched at the beginning of November in the Eastern Cape. 

The use or exploding of fireworks during celebration of the

New Year must be done cautiously to avoid injuries.  The public is reminded that fireworks in South Africa are controlled in terms of the Explosives Act, 1956 (Act No. 26 of 1956). Furthermore, various local authorities have specific by-laws that regulate the use or discharge of fireworks. 

Members of the community must take note that it shall be unlawful for any person to use or explode any firework:

-Within 500 meters of any explosives magazine, explosives factory, petroleum depot or gasometer.

-In any building or any public thoroughfare. 

-In any other public place or resort, except with the prior written permission of the local authority.

The SAPS in the province would like to reiterate that only dealers that are licenced in terms of the Explosives Act, and who are in possession of a valid licence issued by an inspector, may deal in the sale of fireworks. 

No fireworks may be sold by a street hawker or vendor at a flea market, from the boot of a vehicle or trailer, this is in contravention of the Explosives Act.

Any person who by any act or omission commits a breach of any of the regulations, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding R600.00 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months, or to both such fine and such imprisonment.  The explosives that were used to commit the offence with, may be confiscated, in which case the cost of disposal thereof shall be borne by the accused.

The public is urged to apply the following fireworks safety tips:

Buy only legal fireworks.

Always use fireworks outdoors.

Do not hold lit fireworks in your hand.

Have a hose or bucket of water nearby.

Stand back from all fireworks once they are lit.

Keep pets under control and away from fireworks.

Always comply with instructions on the fireworks.

Children under the age of 16 years should always use or light fireworks under the supervision of parents.

Never try to make your own fireworks.

Always point fireworks away from persons, houses and flammable substances.  

Do not allow children to pick-up pieces of fireworks immediately - some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.  

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane urges all members of the community to take heed and comply with the law to avoid unnecessary injuries due to carelessness and non-compliance.


Media Enquiries: Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone - 082 496 9642


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