NO RE­STRIC­TION ON USE OF FIRECRACKERS FOR DIWALI FES­TI­VAL

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Source: DEPTFO News

A de­ci­sion to limit the use of fire­works on the day of the Diwali Fes­ti­val Sun­day Oc­to­ber 30 - has been re­versed af­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the At­tor­neyGen­eral and Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Firecrackers can now be used be­tween 5pm and mid­night on both Diwali Day it­self (Sun­day) and on the Diwali Day pub­lic hol­i­day on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 31. On any other days in the lead-up to Diwali and be­yond, fire­works may only be used be­tween 5pm and 10pm.

The A-G said the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion by the Min­istry for 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. “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”.

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