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Warning issued over illegal fireworks, sky lanterns on Phuket beaches

Warning issued over illegal fireworks, sky lanterns on Phuket beaches

PHUKET: Phuket officials have issued another reminder that setting off fireworks or setting alight sky lanterns in public areas, namely beaches, remains illegal and is punishable by fines, or worse.

By The Phuket News

Monday 26 December 2022, 04:16PM

The warning issued earlier today (Dec 26). Image: Phuket Info Center

The warning issued earlier today (Dec 26). Image: Phuket Info Center

The warning issued today (Dec 26) notes that illegally selling or setting off fireworks or sky lanterns is punishable by imprisonment and a fine.

The warning marked that Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrambam, on behalf of the Phuket Governor, had on May 6 this year issued a notice to all district chiefs, calling for them to take action against the illegal activity, despite it being popular among tourists.

The same notice, marked as Phuket Provincial Announcement Por Kor 0018.1/Wor 3360, was also issued to the Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police and to all mayors across Phuket.

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic easing, the lighting of fireworks and sky lanterns in public areas, mainly beaches, was banned as a “preventative safety and security measure”, said the notice.

The ban aims to “prevent loss of life or property”, the notice added.

The warning issued today, and on May 6, both repeated the original provincial ordinance banning the activity, issued on Sept 14, 2016.

The warning today called on all government information channels and government offices to inform the public of the ban, and to enforce the ban in all beach areas in Phuket.

“The local registrar shall strictly prohibit the sale of floating lanterns, lamps, smoke lamps or any other similar objects. without permission to consider further actions in the relevant sections [of law],” the warning today noted.

This latest crackdown on illegal fireworks and sky lanterns began in Patong earlier this month. Acting under orders from Kathu District Chief Siwat Rawarangkul, personnel from the Kathu branch of the Volunteer Defense Corps (OrSor) seized illegal fireworks and sky lanterns at four locations on Patong beach on Dec 7.

Patrols searching for more illegal vendors and illegal fireworks continued on Dec 12, with promises that patrols on Patong Beach would now be standard practice.

Local business owners and members of the public have been repeatedly urged to report any suspicious items or activities in their area.

“If you find foreign or suspicious objects, inform the police or agencies,” one official report said.

Selling or using fireworks or sky lanterns in a public area without permission is punishable by up to three years in jail or a fine of up to B60,000, or both, officials have cautioned.

However, despite seizing illegal fireworks and sky lanterns at four locations on Patong Beach on Dec 7, officials have yet to locate and charge any person for illegally selling them to tourists.

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christysweet | 03 January 2023 - 13:45:48

Large firework displays put on by municipalities  are fine. Same put on by foreign guests at a resort ILLEGALLY are not.  

harald | 02 January 2023 - 23:43:13

compared to the fireworks in new york, london, paris, melbourn and so on, the fireworks in phuket were nothing. hope, i see a much better, stronger and louder firework next year

christysweet | 02 January 2023 - 13:13:34

When I called 1155 I was assured yes, such large fireworks are illegal yet when the  officers arrived it was " Oh,  but it's New Years.."  What stopped further explosions is my letting them know should the ponies get injured or cause an accident galloping in panic  down Layan soi 7 , I now had a record of the events, and they would be liable. 

Kurt | 02 January 2023 - 09:10:28

The usual jail/fine bla-bla is laughable. No Thai takes that serious. They not throw someone in prison when he has 'to feed a family'. And a fine of 60,000? Hahaha. Many are happy if they have 500 for tomorrow's family food (after buying fireworks/sky lanterns).

christysweet | 01 January 2023 - 18:11:46

I caught up with the ponies just before they route 4018, a long hard walk back and then they did it again. Finally the 'security' did his job after I summoned police.   Of course they left their trash behind as evidence of , completely illegal fireworks set off in a residential neighborhood.  

Kurt | 01 January 2023 - 15:30:46

@ Maverick, as you see now the RTP is a useless bunch in brown, just collecting 'brown' by turning a blind eye. Happy New Year.
@ Christysweet,  you seem to suffer a level of 'quality tourists'. However it is resort management what fails to manage up to certain standards.. Happy New Year too.

maverick | 01 January 2023 - 13:15:01

Lanterns are not only hazardous but terrible for the ocean environment - as for the fireworks ban lip service vendors have moved from the beach to cruising the bars and selling them - it’s made the beach on NY eve a no go zone idiots still letting them off around the island 

christysweet | 31 December 2022 - 22:43:22

Guests at the resort on Layan Soi 7 thought nothing of setting off the loudest boomers I  ever heard.  Acclimated to the  lower level street  sold fireworks, ponies broke down fencing and went running, bleeding  off into the night. Great.

Kurt | 27 December 2022 - 09:06:19

Any reports of local business holders about these item sellers? Of course not.  So stop that nonsense public appeal.  And were to report at 4am 'suspicious activities'? To RTP?  I think they will fine me for disturbing their night rest at police station for a minor issue. They hate the sand at beach. hehehe.

JohnC | 27 December 2022 - 08:48:57

A case of overkill. For many years never been a problem with fireworks and lanterns until now. I can understand doing so anywhere near the airport is a safety hazard, just like drones. You want to ban something ban drones. Sick of people flying them over our home. I have confronted several people for doing so who claimed to have permission from authorities but couldn't produce documents as pro...

Kurt | 27 December 2022 - 07:35:14

Despite seizing illegal fireworks and sky lanterns not a single Thai brother or sister who sells them arrested. How can? Corruption? Let brothers and sisters sell the items for the price of a bribe?

Robin Lee | 26 December 2022 - 19:27:14

A lot of WARNINGS!! But as usual a lot of talk and no serious actions taken by Municipality Police. Every night till even 4am the next morning loud fireworks sound can be heard and lanterns seen floating up the night sky. 


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