The office of the Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Salim Mvurya has issued a fireworks advisory ahead of New Year’s celebrations today night for mandatory acquisition of permits for those wishing to showcase fireworks.
In preparation for New Year’s celebrations, the State Department for Mining has issued a Kenyans planning to showcase fireworks to obtain permits.
The directive, outlined in accordance with the Explosives Act, emphasizes strict regulations governing the sale and usage of fireworks.
The department, in a statement on their X handle, directed that officers from the State Department of Mining must be present during any New Year fireworks displays. The measure aims to ensure compliance with safety protocols and mitigate potential risks associated with fireworks.
“It has become a tradition in towns and cities that every New Year’s Eve is marked by spectacular display of fireworks. The thrill and excitement of having the night skies lit by explosion of fire and dazzling lights is an experience fireworks’ enthusiasts look forward to. However, danger always lurks. By their very nature, fireworks are explosives. They are dangerous. Any careless handling has potential to turn into a serious accident, trigger fire outbreaks, cause loss of property and even deaths.” The statement read in part.
Elijah Mwangi is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Mining in the Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs