No illegal fireworks during Diwali? Indians praised by Dubai Police

While Dubai Police launched its campaign to combat illicit fireworks last week, until the end of Ramadan, Dubai Police officials made it a point to praise the Indian community in Dubai for refraining using illegal fireworks for the Indian festival of Diwali.

The campaign sheds light on the risks associated fireworks such as exposure to burns causing permanent disabilities, including injuries to the eye and face.

At a press conference attended by Brigadier Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of Organisations Protective Security and Emergency (OPSE), Colonel Khalil Obaid Al Bishri, Director of the Explosive and Security Department at Dubai Police, and Lt Colonel Ayyub Abdullah Ibrahim supervisor of the campaign, Brigadier Al Ghaithi estimated the numbers of casualties due to fireworks being in the hundreds annually.

Colonel Al Bishri said punishments being implemented by the Department of Economic Development (DED) include closing down shops involved in the sale of such fireworks.