The authorities in Bali’s Denpasar are cracking down on the use of firecrackers and fireworks in the run-up to New Year’s Eve.
Officials are anticipating the use of fireworks over the coming days especially on the big countdown.
With dozens of large-scale fireworks displays and New Year’s Eve celebrations in the works for the weekend.
Officers from the Bali Police, the Civil Service (Satpol PP), and community security teams will be patrolling the streets over the next few days, monitoring for anti-social behavior.
With over one million additional tourists in Bali right now, officials want to ensure that public peace is maintained.
The Head of the Public Order and Public Peace Division of the Denpasar City Satpol PP, Nyoman Sudarsana, has told reporters “We carry out monitoring together with the Transportation Department, TNI, Polri. Specifically, we have 20 officers for one shift. Apart from that, officers in the sub-districts are also out.”
He confirmed, “Every year in Denpasar it is prohibited to use firecrackers/fireworks. We monitor that.”
The teams are also anticipating drunken behavior on the streets.
Officers will be patrolling and conducting security operations in busy nightlife areas.
Sudarsana said, “Usually from midnight to early morning they drink alcohol in public places, and we take strict action against them.”
Anyone who wishes to host a private fireworks display in Bali must have pre-approved permission from the local authorities to do so. This is the case at any time of year, but especially during the holidays.
With this in mind, there are plenty of public fireworks displays across the island’s leading tourist resorts for everyone to enjoy.
The Badung Regency Government has confirmed that the New Year festival and big fireworks display at the Tsunami Shelter on Kuta Beach will be going ahead this year.
A budget of IDR 1.4 billion has been assigned and the show is going to be an extravaganza.
@surya.winantara Biggest Fireworks Bali #fireworks #Bali #happynewyear #2023 ♬ original sound – surya.winantara
Officials have revealed that 2,024 fireworks will be set off over Kuta Beach to call the New Year in.
The Head of the Badung Tourism Department, I Nyoman Rudiarta, told reporters “So the New Year party will be held at Kuta Beach, precisely in the Kuta Art Market area.”
“At the party, there will also be a fireworks display which is planned to be launched from the tsunami shelter.”
The theme of the event is ‘From Kuta With Love’ and entry is free for the public. Tourists are reminded that the festival will be busy and surrounding streets will be busy on the night so it is best to arrive early.
The biggest fireworks display on the island is set to be hosted at the GWK Cultural Park. There are still tickets available for the most spectacular fireworks show in Bali.
The management team at GWK Cultural Park is on a mission to outdo the New Year’s Eve celebrations of previous years.
Kuta Beach may be setting off an impressive 2,024 fireworks but GWK Cultural Park has upped the stakes. The park will be putting on a display with 8,888 fireworks for a very significant reason.
The GWK Cultural Park Operations Director, Stefanus Yonathan Astayasa, told reporters last week “The number of fireworks that will be fired is 8,888 shots for five minutes.”
“We believe that this number is endless luck because the number 8 is an endless number. Still in unison with the music, there is also synchronization of the music.”
In previous years the authorities have seized hundreds of fireworks and firecrackers from members of the public and vendors in the run-up to the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Tourists are urged not to buy fireworks or firecrackers to create their own firework displays, or even to set off single flares, either in a private rental space or in public.
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