No easy way to ban sale of fireworks
Anti-cracker petition launched
for Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, said he understood this was an operational matter.
Acting provincial police commissioner Thembesile Patekile’s office said residents with complaints about fireworks should get in touch with the City of Cape Town.
Yesterday Table View resi- dents Pat Smith and Sheree Rayfield said they were starting a petition to try to ban fireworks.
They spoke as they walked alongside charred vegetation in the Rietvlei section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve, looking for injured animals after the night fire that broke out late on Thursday and spread rapidly.
Firefighters worked throughout the night to prevent the flames reaching buildings and the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) centre.
The fire came close to the centre and dozens of birds had to be evacuated.
Initial suggestions were that a Chinese lantern from a fireworks display had sparked the blaze. But the wind had been blowing seawards, away from the nature reserve.
The cause of the fire was being investigated, according to authorities.
On Thursday, hours before the Table View fire broke out, another blaze started near Lake Michelle in Noordhoek and also burned into the evening.
Firefighters were stationed in the area overnight, and remained there yesterday in case of flare-ups.
Some firefighters who battled the Noordhoek blaze were sent on to Table View.
City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokeswoman Liesl Moodie said by yesterday afternoon the Noordhoek fire had been extinguished.
She said an extensive section of vegetation had burnt in Table View.
Firefighting helicopters, from Working on Fire and Table Mountain National Park, had been unavailable as these were being prepared and serviced for the fire season.
“All aerial support will be operational from December 1,” she said.
BIG BANGS: Thousands flocked to the Table View beachfront , one of the designated areas where fireworks could be discharged on Guy Fawlkes night. But some have launched a petition to have fireworks banned in Cape Town.
SPARKLES: People had fun at Strandfontein Pavilion, one of the designated areas where fireworks could be discharged on Guy Fawkes night.