Sale of fireworks to be monitored

By: Halitesh Datt

 

Screen shot 2015-10-31 at 6.09.40 PMThe Department of National Trade Measurement and Standards and the Department of Mineral Resources will conduct inspections of retail outlets during this festive season to ensure traders are in compliance with the firework laws.

Fireworks have been declared dangerous under the Trade Standards and Quality Control Decree 1992 and a selective ban on the use of fireworks has been in place since 2004.

Any trader found in breach of any of the laws can face prosecution and fines of up to 25 thousand dollars or maximum of 3 years imprisonment.

Traders can also be slapped with spot fines of $2000 for any breach of the selective ban and the labeling requirements.

Traders are required to obtain a license to import, store and deal in fireworks and a permit to possess fireworks.

They are also required to have a valid National Fire Authority Certificate.

Authorities are also reminding traders not to sell the fireworks to children under the age of 18 years.

People are also advised to adhere to the time limitation in place, that is from 5 pm to 10pm daily and 5 pm to midnight on Diwali day.

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