The West Denpasar Police Department has seized hundreds of fireworks from local vendors on New Year’s Eve.
The Head of the West Denpasar Police Department, Kompol I Made Hendra Agustina, confirmed that 430 fireworks were seized from different local vendors in Monang Maning on New Year’s Eve.
“During our inspection, we managed to seize 430 fireworks from local vendors around Jalan Gunung Rinjani, Jalan Batukaru, and Tegal Kerta on Friday evening (31/12),” Kompol Agustina said.
Agustina explained that this operation was conducted following the latest Home Affairs Minister’s and Bali Governor’s instruction to ban New Year’s Eve events in Bali during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The people were already warned that they were not allowed to host parties or light up fireworks on New Year’s Eve, so people should’ve known the consequences,” Kompol Agustina added.
However, he admitted that all the fireworks collected will be returned to the vendors a few days after the New Year’s Eve celebrations. “We only seized the fireworks temporarily, and plan to return them on the 3rd of January 2022, once the celebration ends. We have already collected their data for easier procedures,” Kompol Agustina concluded.
Restrictions on the New Year’s Eve celebrations were initiated to prevent mass gatherings that would potentially create a Covid-19 cluster.
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