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.
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.
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.
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.
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.