The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service says recent unfortunate events have highlighted the fact that citizens must to be reminded of the need to responsibly use fireworks and other similar devices.
It explains that members of the public should be wary that fireworks can cause serious injury to the user, other persons or result in major damage to property.
With this in mind, the TTPS is advising the public that while the use of fireworks is not an illegal activity, there are laws in place to restrict the unauthorized sale and misuse of fireworks.
In a media release the TTPS indicated that it must be noted that according to the Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02, Section 99, “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.”
With regard to the Sale of Fireworks; Section 10. (1) clearly states that – “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.”
Additionally, the Environmental Management Authority has urged the public to be mindful of the detrimental effects that noise, particularly that of fireworks can have on sensitive groups in communities; such as newborn babies, the elderly, the infirm and animals.