- The Ghana Police Service has declared the use of firecrackers a crime in Ghana
- According to the Service, a Legislative Instrument (LI), passed in 1999, makes the use of firecrackers illegal
- The police further stated that offenders would be arrested and prosecuted
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The Ghana Police Service has issued a notice which cautions members of the public to desist from the use of firecrackers, especially during the festive season.
In a release dated 12th December 2017 and signed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Eklu., the Service reminded the public that per the special law passed in 1999, it is an offense to either trade in or make use of firecrackers.
The letter further indicated that the provisions of the Executive Instrument (E.I) 21 of 1999, which prohibit the manufacture, possession and use of firecrackers would be enforced.
Personnel of the Service, it further stated, have been deployed unto the streets to enforce the law.
They have been authorized to arrest and ensure the prosecution of any person(s) involved in such activities.
Fire crackers are usually a common feature in Ghana, especially from the Christmas day through to the New Year day.
There have been reports of injuries, as well as fires resulting from the use of such items. compelled members of parliament to pass the law in 1999, banning all such items.
The ministry of Trade, from Thursday 16th December 1999, has also been empowered to halt the importation of such items into Ghana.
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