Warning over rock­ets

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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

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