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City of JHB warns public on illegal sales and reckless use of fireworks

The public may only use fireworks from 11pm to 1am or face stiff penalties.

Picture: Twitter @edinburgh.

JOHANNESBURG - The Public has been warned that anyone caught illegally discharging fireworks will face stiff penalties.

The City of Johannesburg says officials will be cracking down on the unlawful sale of fireworks and on people who use them recklessly.

The City's Sello Lemao says, "The City is taking the use of fireworks very seriously because it is dangerous to our community. On New Year's Eve, you can only ignite fireworks between 11pm and 1am."

Meanwhile, the National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals bracing itself for a busy New Year's Eve.

The association's Christine Kuch has urged the public to stick to the regulations.

"Anybody who wishes to use fireworks must please stick to the regulation. You just have to be responsible. Animals are yours to take care of."