Authorities Struggle to Contain Noise Complaints Amidst Influx of Imported Firecrackers

Authorities Struggle to Contain Noise Complaints Amidst Influx of Imported Firecrackers

The weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday saw an influx of imported fire crackers, dynamite, sparkles and other pyrotechnics used as a traditional part of the celebrations.  While children and adults are excited by the lights and sparks, many are annoyed at the trauma the noise causes for animals, and many senior citizens.   Many have reached out to the authorities to assist in mitigating the constant booms and explosions in residential areas, but the Police Commissioner Chester Williams explained to a group of residents in Ladyville that it is next to impossible for Police to contain this particular situation.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: Fireworks is seen as a part of celebrations in Belize. Christmas, New Years, even for weddings any event where people want to celebrate fireworks have become a norm in the celebration. So as much as yes we would like to enforce the law when it comes to the use of fireworks around this time if the police were to focus on that then we would not have time to do anything else in terms of dealing with the other issues that do affect society at an even greater level. Even when it comes to the children most of the time you see fireworks being done especially when it comes to the little pop shots it is done by children and so they too see it as a part of their celebrations. So it is going to be extremely difficult. I know it can be annoying to some people, even to myself, but it is something that we will have to find a way to address. Society would need to change and stop see it as a means of celebrations so again as Mr.Sutherland has said we just need to see what we can do together to address the issue and I can tell you that many persons did apply for permit to do fireworks and as the Commissioner of Police I granted those permits because again it is seen and used as a part of celebrations around this time. So just bear a bit of patience and the Christmas holidays are going to be over very shortly and hopefully we can go back to normal.”

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