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#ShushBlairgowrie

We’re here to empower the community to stop firecrackers and help residents protect their pets and loved ones.
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Be part of the change. Take a stand and stop firecrackers. 

Shush Blairgowrie is an initiative with the goal of ending the use of illegal firecrackers within the suburb of Blairgowrie, with the aim of rolling out to the rest of Johannesburg. Our goal is not to ban fireworks (which is unconstitutional) but to stop the use of excessively loud firecrackers that cause distress to animals, children and the elderly within the confines of the law.

83 days a stray

Marchus is a Ridgeback, who went missing the night of New Year’s Eve, 2015, as ‘bomb’ like firecrackers were launched illegally near his home. He was alone and cold, scavenging the streets for 83 days, all while his family did everything possible to find him. We captured his story and took to the Blairgowrie community’s residents, law enforcement and ward councillors to find out the fireworks by-laws, what can be done to stop firecrackers and how we can keep our pets and family safe and sound.

Did you know?
Igniting fireworks within 500 metres of a petrol station is always illegal.
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Being considerate to your neighbour goes a long way.
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Igniting fireworks at any public place, school, old age home and hospital is always illegal.
Did you know?
Igniting fireworks in any place where animals are present is always illegal.
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Being respectful of other cultures and religious beliefs builds a stronger community.

Be fireworks savvy, know the local by-laws* and legal implications of handling fireworks

  • Selling fireworks on the street is always illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks inside any building is illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks within 500 metres of a petrol station is illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks on any street, public place, school, old age home and hospital is illegal.
  • Selling fireworks without the required license in terms of the Explosives Act is illegal.
  • Dealing in fireworks without written authority of the Chief Fire Officer is illegal.
  • Selling fireworks to a child under the age of 16 is illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks in any place where animals are present is illegal.
  • A minor igniting fireworks is illegal.
  • Igniting a fireworks display without the Council’s authorisation is illegal.
  • Igniting a fireworks display without a pyrotechnist is illegal.
  • Igniting a fireworks display without a qualified explosives expert’s presence is illegal.
  • Staging a fireworks display in private yards without the Council’s permission is illegal.

How to log a complaint

If you believe that someone in the neighbourhood is in violation of the by-laws you’re responsible to log a complaint at the appropriate authorities. Please make sure you get a reference number for your complaint and then tweet it to Shush Blairgowrie @ShushTheBang so that we can follow up later if no action was taken.

JMPD

If a perpetrator breaks the fireworks by-laws, like letting off fireworks outside of the allowed times, contact the Johannesburg Metro Police

011 375 5911

SAPS

If someone is selling fireworks illegally, or disturbing the peace, contact the Linden Police Station

011  888 9299

Tips to keep your pets and family safe

It’s your responsibility to do everything in your power to keep your pets and family safe during times when fireworks are allowed. The following tips are a guide to keep your pets and family safe and sound.

Make sure your pet is wearing a name tag with your contact details
Keep your children calm with a magical story
Implant a Microchip well before fireworks season (speak to your local vet for assistance)
Keep your pet indoors and make sure the curtains and windows are closed
Provide lots of extra bedding so your dog has something to burrow in
White noise helps drown out firecrackers for your children
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a name tag with your contact details.
  • Implant a Microchip well before fireworks season.
  • Playing soft music can help keep your pet calm during firecrackers.
  • Take your dog for a walk during the day. This will help keep them clam in the evening.
  • Keep an updated picture of your pet in case they go missing.
  • Try a Thundershirt. It’s a wrap for dogs that provides gentle, constant pressure. Speak to your vet about them.
  • Keep your pet indoors and make sure the curtains and windows are closed.
  • Provide lots of bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.
  • Using natural sedatives like Melatonin can help relax your dog. Please advise with your vet.
  • Toys and treats will help distract your pet from fireworks.
  • If you’re away, make sure you have someone to pet-sit.
  • Make sure your pet has somewhere to hide if they want to. For example this may be under some furniture, in your cupboard, or in a quiet corner.
Tweet us your suggestions @ShushTheBang

Blairgowrie Map

The Johannesburg City Fireworks By-laws state that it is illegal to shoot fireworks within 500 metres of a petrol station. The map below displays areas in Blairgowrie where it is always illegal to let off fireworks.

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Shush Blairgowrie would like to thank everyone involved in helping with this initiative