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06 November 2011

Eight injured in Cape Town fireworks celebrations

Eight people and two dogs suffered minor burns from fireworks during Guy Fawkes celebrations in Cape Town, the city's Disaster Risk Management Centre said on Sunday.

Public safety officials attended to 196 complaints resulting from the illegal discharge of fireworks, despite a ban on them issued earlier in the day, spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

About 24,830 people gathered around the city to discharge fireworks.

Four bags of fireworks were confiscated and spot fines of R300 were issued to people in Camps Bay.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) remained on high-alert to assist with animals that were in distress or ran away from homes because of the fireworks, said Solomons-Johannes.

"The law enforcement agencies will always be visible so that people could be prosecuted for discharging fireworks without getting permission," he said.

The public was urged to report the illegal sale and use of fireworks to the local metro police department.

- The Times Live