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Public urged to be cautious with fireworks ahead of Guy Fawkes night

South Africans celebrate Guy Fawkes annually on 5 November.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital has warned people to be safe with fireworks ahead of Guy Fawkes night this weekend.

South Africans celebrate Guy Fawkes annually on 5 November.

The city has announced several designated spots across Cape Town where fireworks can be lit.

Police and other law enforcement officials have been deployed to monitor these sites.

Hospital spokesperson Angelique Jordaan says the hospital's cases include devastating eye injuries, facial and hand injuries, most of which are preventable.

“We advise the public to only attend the seven designated areas identified by the City of Cape Town for the discharge of fireworks. We also advise adults to always keep a close eye on children, keep fireworks out of their reach and never allow them to touch or handle matches, lighters or fireworks.”