The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has issued a stern warning to all those who are engaged in the selling and use of firecrackers and explosives.
According to the GPF, it recognizes that in the celebration of Diwali and thereafter leading into the festive season of Christmas, there is usually an increase in the sale of firecrackers and other similar kinds of explosives that are being used to culminate or recognize the season.
However, the Force said that “it is hereby issuing a stern warning to those who sell these explosives which contribute a lot to serious bodily harm and injury to both users and innocent bystanders. There were instances in the past when both children and adults experienced grievous bodily harm, during the use of these firecrackers and we urge all concerned to exercise the necessary care and caution when deciding to allow themselves to engage in the purchase of firecrackers.”
“Persons who are caught selling or found in possession thereof will be prosecuted and face the consequences of the law to whatever level of their involvement as it relates to acquiring and the use of these explosives without a permit from the appropriate authority” the GPF emphasized.
According to the Police in a press statement, Divisional Commanders have been reminded to maintain and sustain law enforcement efforts which are aimed at preventing the importation of these firecrackers, seizing in instances where evidence suggests they are being sold and conducting raids and searches, based on information.