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Cox said people continued setting off
fireworks and scratch bombs until well after
midnight which is uncomfortable and unfair,
adding animals also suffered a lot.
"I feel it is time the authorities get some-
thing done. The laws need to be imple-
mented. Why the police not stopping
them?" she asked.
On the social network Facebook and on
radio talk shows, there were numerous com-
plaints yesterday about the noise made by
One commentator said scratch bombs
were becoming a serious problem.
"Thus far, I have heard people complaining
in St Ann s, Morvant, Arima, Freeport,
Couva, San Fernando, San Juan, Barataria,
Maloney and right by me here in Tuna-
puna...It s crazy! They bursting this thing
everywhere. My mom said somebody pelt
on her roof. Ah mean, if I jumping, what
about old people relaxing, children resting,
teens studying. Ah mean, have a heart, nah,"
Sales slow in Port-of-Spain
Several small vendors who sell fireworks
in Port-of-Spain yesterday complained that
business was slow but said it would get
better today, it being New Year s Eve.
Shogun Colour, String Bomb, Razzle Daz-
zle, Shine, Pyropaint balls, Blackcat and
Spacerocket were the names of some of the
fireworks being sold. Some were being sold
on the same stall as fruits, vegetables, cloth-
ing and other items.
Stephen Williams, a vendor at Queen and
Henry Street, said business was slow.
"Sales are very, very slow all over. I know
friends selling even in South and it slow,"
Williams said, however, that he agreed
with the penalising of citizens because there
were "one or two delinquents."
"It is important to know but we not selling
it illegal. We got it cleared through Cus-
toms," he said.
Jaden George, another vendor, who also
sells vegetables at Charlotte and Duke
Streets, said she was hoping business would
"It is very slow and they not giving no
licence. You still take the chance, you have
to live. Survival of the fittest," she said.
By contrast, a staff member at Fire One
Fireworks yesterday said business had been
"Sales have been great and we ve been
selling a lot since we opened on Boxing
Day," she said.
Animals also affected
Nalini Dial, Animals Are Human Too
activist, yesterday said pet-owners should
secure their animals and the law should be
"For years we have been putting up with
the fireworks. It is illegal and it seems like
the police can t enforce the law. They are
not supposed to be used in residential areas
and sold and bought or imported without
a licence. It is being sold all over with no
enforcement," she said.
Dial said children, the sick, the elderly
and animals were tormented every year from
"We have to stop this. The police and
Government have to put down their feet
and stop this abuse. It is lawlessness to the
highest degree. Everybody complaining but
not doing anything about it. Neighbours
are without consideration for others," she
Dial said she secured her animals by
"boarding" her dogs at the vet.
"It also affects bird and other animals.
Safely secure your animals," she added.
Member of the T&T Society for the Pre-
vention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA),
Mary Stern, said the police did not intervene
when people complained about the noise
"If we can get them to buy noiseless fire-
works it would work but they don t do that.
You could see it and don t need a bang.
"The police don t get involved. They do
nothing. You go put the whole of Trinidad
in jail?" she asked.
Veteran calypsonian Shadow was robbed of his
SUV and shot at by robbers at his Mt Hope home
A still shaken Shadow, whose name is Winston
Bailey, told the T&T Guardian his Toyota Rav 4,
PCT 9861, was stolen by thieves who seemed to
have been lying in wait outside his house.
In a phone interview yesterday, Bailey said: "I
was just coming outside and he jump in the car
and drive off. I went in the yard and somebody
rushed past me and jump in the car and lock the
door and I tried to lock the gate. I just want it back."
Shadow said amidst the confusion in trying to
ensure the thief did not escape with his vehicle he
He added: "I am glad to be alive. I heard shots
fired and am lucky to be here. There is plenty con-
fusion and crazy thing.
"My car gone and I can t get it back. I hear (makes
noises) all over the place and moved out the way."
Shadow is in the midst of preparations for next
year s Carnival season.
He won the Road March in 1974 and 2001 with
Bassman and Stranger respectively and the Calypso
Monarch in 2000 with What s Wrong With Me and
Scratch Meh Back.
He also won the International Soca Monarch with
Stranger in 2001.
Shadow is also the recipient of the Humming
Bird Medal (Silver) in 2003.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the vehicle
can contact 555-800-TIPS or the nearest police sta-
of his SUV
National Security Minister:
Cops should enforce law
99. (1) Except as prescribed by
regulations under this act, any person
who throws, casts, sets fire to, or lets
off any fireworks within any town is
liable to a fine of $1,000.
(2) ..."town" includes the City of Port-
of-Spain, the City of San Fernando, and
the Borough of Arima, and every part of
the area within two miles of the
boundaries of such city or of either of
such boroughs, and also any place or
area declared by the minister, by order,
included within a town for the purposes
of the said sections.
100. Any person who throws, casts,
sets fire to, or lets off any fireworks
into, in, or upon any street not being in
any town, or into, in, or upon any place
being within 60 feet of the centre of
any such street, is liable to a fine of
A man purchases fireworks from a vendor on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT:
FIREWORKS AND FIREARMS
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