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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
FIREWORKS FOR FUN NOT FATALITY
11/11/14
FIREWORKS FOR FUN NOT FATALITY
FIREWORKS FOR FUN NOT FATALITY
Fireworks, commonly known as crackers are small explosive devices primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise, especially in the form of a loud bang; any visual effect is supplementary to this goal. Fireworks can be purchased from local supermarkets, general dealers and imported from other countries. These explosives are used to accompany many festivities or for entertainment purposes. In Botswana restricted consumer fireworks are mostly used in public display during Botswana Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year under certain stipulated time. However, it must be emphasized that consumer fireworks, which can be used by public, are inherently dangerous, especially when handled carelessly and negligently. Senior Mining Engineer at the Department of Mines Mr. Kenalemang Charles said fireworks are capable of inflicting serious bodily injuries and causing extensive damage to property and sometimes disaster. Children are likely to be injured by fireworks and people who stand too close to the fireworks run a high risk of being harmed or even have hearing problems.
Furthermore Mr. Charles said, many animals are terrified of these noises and break free or jump fences to try and escape the terror and dogs often run and catch thrown fireworks in their mouths believing them to be toys. Consumer fireworks of ‘general use fireworks category’ are generally safe for use by a person who is 18 years or older. Those under the age of 18 should only use them under supervision of someone 18 years or older. He emphasized. Lastly, Department of Mines states that private use of consumer fireworks does not require permission from the Department. However, a person who intends to buy or import restricted fireworks (consumer fireworks other than general use fireworks) for private use should contact the dealer and fill an obligation form before buying such explosives or importing them.
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