October 20, 2016 9:04 am

No restriction on use of firecrackers for Diwali

A Government decision to limit the use of fireworks on the day of the Diwali Festival – Sunday 30 October – has been reversed after representations to the Attorney-General and Acting Minister for Land and Mineral Resources, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Firecrackers can now be used between 5.00pm and Midnight on both Diwali Day itself (Sunday) and […]

A Government decision to limit the use of fireworks on the day of the Diwali Festival – Sunday 30 October – has been reversed after representations to the Attorney-General and Acting Minister for Land and Mineral Resources, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Firecrackers can now be used between 5.00pm and Midnight on both Diwali Day itself (Sunday) and the Diwali Day public holiday on Monday 31 October. On any other days in the lead-up to Diwali and beyond, fireworks may only be used between 5.00pm and 10.00pm.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We want every Fijian to enjoy the Diwali Festival and that means accepting the right of people to use fireworks over the entire holiday period. We do ask for people to be considerate of their neighbours and to always handle fireworks safely, especially around children”.

The AG said the original decision by the Ministry of Land and Mineral Resources that the use of firecrackers until midnight be confined to the holiday Monday was unnecessarily restrictive and against the spirit of the law.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau had reportedly said that firecrackers could be used from 5 pm to 12 midnight on the Diwali public holiday.

He added that firecrackers could be used from 5 pm to 10 pm on other days, and use of fire crackers outside the period would be illegal.