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Joburg residents warned over fireworks displays

The City of Johannesburg urges residents to be considerate of old age homes and pets when setting off fireworks.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - With the Christmas weekend set to begin, the City of Johannesburg has urged residents to respect by-laws and the times set for fireworks to be used.

The city says there’s no restriction on how many firecrackers people can buy.

However, residents are urged to be considerate of old age homes and pets.

With only a few days left until 2016 draws to a close, the City of Johannesburg’s Virgil James says the JMPD will enforce by-laws.

“The by-laws do not allow fireworks to be set off within 500m of any explosives, factory or explosive storage place.”

On New Year’s Eve, residents are only allowed to light firecrackers between 10 in the evening and 1am.

The city says if families want to have a fireworks display they must apply to have an SAPS explosives expert to be present for this event.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)