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City of CT wants to tighten up fireworks sale laws

Twenty-two people, including 18 children, were injured during Guy Fawkes celebrations over the weekend.

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CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has urged residents to petition national government for stronger legislation relating to the sale and use of fireworks.

Twenty-two people, including 18 children, were injured during Guy Fawkes celebrations over the weekend.

The City’s JP Smith says that the city’s fielded 209 calls on the day that were specific to Guy Fawkes and the illegal discharge of fireworks.

“The city’s staff confiscated numerous fireworks and issued fines. We issued more than 100 warnings about the discharge of fireworks in residential areas.”

Smith says that a 10-year-old boy sustained an eye injury at the Strandfontein Pavilion and was transported to hospital for further treatment.

Another 10-year-old sustained a leg injury in Sarepta and was referred to his general practitioner for further treatment.

The city also responded to cases in Lavender Hill.

Smith says that a woman and two children were injured when a gang attacked them with paint socks. The same thing happened to a man on a bicycle, who was on his way home from church.

During a separate incident, a boy was run over by a vehicle while fleeing from a gang of youths brandishing paint socks.

“This is but an example of the terror many communities endure on Guy Fawkes. Apart from the disturbance that fireworks cause, the behaviour of marauding gangs attacking innocent people is downright criminal. The constant sound of fireworks also masks the sound of gunshots, making it difficult for police to respond to real emergencies effectively.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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