Members of the public wishing to launch fireworks and firecrackers during the crossover into 2020 are obliged to first notify neighbours and secure police clearance, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has said.
ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told ZTN News that offenders risk being fined ZWL$600, six months’ imprisonment or both. He said:
The law is very clear. Anyone who wants to use fireworks must notify the police in advance and get the necessary clearance. They should also notify their neighbours well in advance.
These are dangerous and may lead to serious harm. In recent years, we have dealt with cases in which minors have been seriously injured; and we are trying to avoid this.
People are advised to buy (firecrackers) from registered retail outlets as they sell firecrackers that are not harmful to users.
Fireworks are hand-crafted devices made of chemicals and paper, which produce visual and audible effects for entertainment purposes; while a firecracker is a small explosive charge usually enclosed in a heavy paper casing