Some of the comments read: "Who are they kidding? There were bigger bangs and more fireworks than ever this year." Judy Harrison wrote on Facebook:"The fireworks displays were the biggest we have seen in Buffalo Bay." Ulu Ludwig wrote: "Seems Sedgefield doesn't fall under Knysna. The fireworks here were much worse than last year."
In a press release, the Knysna municipality said, "Despite almost 13 years of constant reminders, many residents and visitors still did not adhere to this bylaw, resulting in near lawlessness on many of Greater Knysna beaches and residential areas. Acting municipal manger Johnny Douglas commented, “The utter disregard of the law was quite shocking. Our law enforcers fined 30 stores/traders and also confiscated their wares in the days leading up to the New Year's celebrations. Despite this, visitors and residents still ignored the fact that, by law, no
fireworks are allowed to be discharged anywhere in Greater Knysna.”
"The Western Cape Provincial Gazette, 7338 of 5 December 2014, Part I, Public Nuisances – Behaviour and Contact 2.1 (s), clearly states: 'No person shall discharge any fireworks, firearm, and airgun or air pistol on any premises or in any street or public place.”
Douglas said he would like to thank the many residents and visitors who assisted law enforcers in informing others of the illegality of fireworks and reporting traders and stores illegally selling these. "I can assure all that we are already planning for the end of 2017 so that we do not have a repeat of this lawlessness,” said Douglas
This dog, they say, may well not be a pet that ran away because of fireworks, but the photo of it has been placed on the KAWS Facebook page.
KAWS gets anything from one to five injured or stray animals being brought in every day of the year and this pattern has not changed during the festive season.
One dog was run over and this may have been caused by fireworks – but KAWS cannot be sure.
If readers were offended by the word ONLY one dog, we apologise, but the word only was intended to imply that in previous years more than one animal died or was injured as a direct result of fireworks.
To Simon Warren, who commented on Facebook, "Knysna-Plett Herald reports are dodgy," may we just reply. At the time of going to press last week we had requested comment from the municipality, but had a one-day deadline, which they could not meet because of doing their research before issuing an in-depth and accurate release.