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03 month jail for selling firecrackers during Diwali in Dubai

Over the last few years, Dubai Municipality inspectors have been cracking down on the illegal sale of fireworks during Diwali

Saturday October 26, 2019 3:18 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Fine for selling firecrackers

Dubai: Anyone caught selling fireworks can be jailed for up to three months, or handed down a 5,000 dirham ($1,361) fine in Dubai during the festival of Diwali, a media report said on Saturday.

The Dubai Police, however, have noted that the practice has largely been curbed as a result of awareness initiatives held among the community, the Khaleej Times said in the report.

Event organisers will require prior permission of the Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality before using the firecrackers.

Over the last few years, Dubai Municipality inspectors have been cracking down on the illegal sale of fireworks during Diwali.

The police have noted that fireworks can threaten the safety of both people and property, and cause material damage as well as environmental pollution.

In the past, there have been cases where violators found stocking firecrackers were arrested and referred to courts. Local police had seized 23 tonnes of firecrackers in 2015, compared to 28 tonnes in 2014 and 13 tonnes in 2013.

Diwali is the annual festival celebrated by Hindus. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a good number of Indian Hindus living in Dubai and other UAE states.

During the festival of light, as Diwali is also called as, firecrackers are burst in a large quantity. But, if not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in kids and adults.

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