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Public warned on use of fireworks

Police say the fine for illegal use of fireworks has increased from R500 to R1,500.

SAPS are out in full force as preparations get underway for New Year's Eve celebrations in South Africa. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have pleaded with people celebrating the New Year today to only set off fireworks between 7pm and 10pm warning that those who are found doing this before the time will pay a heavy fine.

Police say the fine for illegal use of fireworks has increased from R500 to R1,500.

Parents allowing minors to use fireworks will also pay a fine of R1,500.

Gauteng police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says, "Fireworks may not be ignited near animals, old age homes, and hospital."