Warning over rockets
Families have been warned to resist the urge to celebrate Ramadan and Eid with fireworks, as part of efforts to avoid injuries to children.
Dubai Police are using injured cartoon characters in their message to drive home the dangers of playing with explosives.
Officers also warned parents could expect fines of up to Dhs10,000 and possible jail terms of up to six months.
“Make celebrations playful - not painful”, Brigadier Abdullah Al Ghaithi told a news conference yesterday.
“Fireworks are powerful enough to cause serious injuries to the users - and innocent people.”
Characters with injured faces, arms and legs are being used to put children off messing with fireworks.
Officers are also targeting the dealers. Last year, they found some advertising sales on social media, and busted By Ali Al Shouk one man caught selling 5kg of goods on Instagram. Al Ghaithi said it is difficult to provide figures for the number of children taken to hospital, because their parents avoid telling doctors the cause. He said: “They are afraid of punishment, or showing their own negligence.” Al Ghaithi said the force is targeting stores that sell fireworks as customers break their fast. Last year, police seized four tonnes of fireworks during Ramadan. Al Ghaithi said families are most tempted during Ramadan and Diwali, adding that during the Hindu festival, people “launch them from balconies, even causing fires”. “Celebrations with fireworks must stop,” he added.
OUCH: Police are using cartoon characters with injuries to put children off playing with fireworks