Fireworks, Diwali and the City of Tshwane

The City of Tshwane clarified a few points on the use of fireworks during on their official Facebook page.

Fireworks discharge during Diwali Festival

As our Hindu residents will be celebrating Diwali this weekend, the City of Tshwane would like to inform all participants that private firework displays need to be approved by the Tshwane Emergency Services Department.

The following requirements must be adhered to before the application will be considered by the Fire Safety Section for the private discharge of fireworks on the premises:

  • The area where the fireworks are to be discharged must be at least 100 m from buildings, roads and railway lines.
  • The area where the fireworks are to be discharged must be at least 20 m from telephone lines, telegraph lines, power lines, trees and overhead obstructions.
  • An area extending 50 m from the front and to the sides of the point at which the fireworks are to be discharged is to be clear of persons.
  • The area to be kept clear for falling residue that is expected to drop from aerial fireworks must extend for at least 100 m to the rear of the discharge point.

Applicants need to apply to the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality at:
Chief of Emergency Services
PO Box 440
Pretoria
0001

Alternatively to:

Emergency Services Station 1 (Bosman Street)
Fire Safety Section
Cnr Bosman and Minnaar Street
Pretoria
0001

The following are the requirements for such applications:

  • A sketch plan (scale 1:500) of the grounds on which the fireworks are to be discharged showing:
    • The position of the following in relation to the area where the fireworks are to be discharged:
      – the nearest buildings
      – the nearest road
      – the nearest railway line
      – the nearest telephone lines
      – the nearest telegraph lines
      – the nearest power lines
      – the nearest trees
      – the nearest refreshment area
      – the position of the area where the fireworks are stored before discharge
  • Direction in which the fireworks are to be discharged with special mention of the prevailing wind direction
  • Spectator area
  • Area to be kept clear for falling residue expected to drop from the fireworks
  • Location of all buildings within 200 m from the discharge site
  • Location of all trees within 200 m from the discharge site
  • Location of all telephone or telegraph lines within 200 m from the discharge site
  • Other overhead obstructions at or adjacent to the discharge site
  • Position of chemical or hazardous substances on the premises
  • Position of all entrances/exits on the premises
  • Position of the fire fighting equipment on the premises
  • Position of service stations at or adjacent to the site

Submit the application form, diagram and letter of approval to the Office of the Chief of Emergency Services.

Arrange for a fire safety inspection to be carried out on the premises by the Fire Safety Section.

Be present on the premises during the fire safety inspection.

Receive the written approval/disapproval for the private discharge of fireworks.

Criteria used for the granting of written approval for the private discharge of fireworks:
Written approval for the private discharge of fireworks will be given if it takes place on sports fields, agricultural holdings and other suitable open areas.

The City of Tshwane would also like to take this opportunity to wish all Hindu people a blessed Diwali.

Emergency Numbers
107 or dial (012) 310 6300 / 6400″

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