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Firework menace completely un-policed

By johnboy - 4 June 2009 69

The Canberra Times has been digging for records on the numbers of firework miscreants getting punished for misusing black powder fun.

And it turns out there aren’t any.

    “The Office of Regulatory Services says its records, which aren’t exhaustive, show no fines were issued last year or over the past few years.”

That’s one hell of a menace to society which must be banned.

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Firework menace completely un-policed
Woody Mann-Caruso 1:15 pm 04 Jun 09

VY +1.

Davo111 1:06 pm 04 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

The real question, though, is how much of a problem is it really? OK, pets get anxious and sometimes run away, and the odd letterbox gets blown to bits, but we have assualts, robberies, and all manner of much more serious crime in this town that doesn’t seem to be being adequately addressed at the moment.

And do we realistically expect a bunch of low level pubes to get together an enforcement program that will stand up in court? If the cops can’t respond to kids mucking around with fireworks, will parking inspectors do any better?

FWIW, I think fireworks get way too much media airtime. I’m not convinced it’s that big an issue.

^^ as per above

Skidbladnir 12:56 pm 04 Jun 09

Agreed, VY.
Let’s keep some fun with an associated risk, lest all of Canberra’s children end up as bubble-wrapped, humourless servants of the fun police.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:47 pm 04 Jun 09

The real question, though, is how much of a problem is it really? OK, pets get anxious and sometimes run away, and the odd letterbox gets blown to bits, but we have assualts, robberies, and all manner of much more serious crime in this town that doesn’t seem to be being adequately addressed at the moment.

And do we realistically expect a bunch of low level pubes to get together an enforcement program that will stand up in court? If the cops can’t respond to kids mucking around with fireworks, will parking inspectors do any better?

FWIW, I think fireworks get way too much media airtime. I’m not convinced it’s that big an issue.

Holden Caulfield 12:35 pm 04 Jun 09

LG said :

Lets face it, its not surprising that fines haven’t been issued for misuse since it would be very unlikely to identify who blew up whos letter box.

Not to mention you’d need staffers working over time, well into the early hours, to catch the scrotes responsible.

Spideydog 12:13 pm 04 Jun 09

neanderthalsis said :

That’s one hell of a menace to society which must be banned.

I agree, the Canberra Times must be banned!

Yeah, I’ll jump on that bandwagon …. lol

weeziepops 11:47 am 04 Jun 09

But it would be quite easy to identify those houses which are holding their own little SkyFire sessions outside the permissable dates and fine them. I think I might go and test whether they are just as compacent about some of the other laws in this fine town.

LG 10:35 am 04 Jun 09

housebound said :

neanderthalsis said :

That’s one hell of a menace to society which must be banned.

I agree, the Canberra Times must be banned!

+1

+2

Lets face it, its not surprising that fines haven’t been issued for misuse since it would be very unlikely to identify who blew up whos letter box.

ant 10:18 am 04 Jun 09

Let’s get the Brown Bombers onto Tailgating! They’d clean up big-time.

Gungahlin Al 10:16 am 04 Jun 09

As I’ve said before, if everything else in the ACT got the level of enforcement that car parking does, perhaps people wouldn’t be so blase about complying?

ant 10:15 am 04 Jun 09

I’m not sure that lack of official activity on the part of an official body means there’s nothing to investigate/prosecute.

housebound 9:59 am 04 Jun 09

neanderthalsis said :

That’s one hell of a menace to society which must be banned.

I agree, the Canberra Times must be banned!

+1

neanderthalsis 9:52 am 04 Jun 09

That’s one hell of a menace to society which must be banned.

I agree, the Canberra Times must be banned!

pptvb 9:42 am 04 Jun 09

That just proves that The Office of Regulatory Services is THE most inept A.C.T Gov dept.
Their heads are so far up their A%&ses they almost choke themselves.
IMHO.

shanefos 9:39 am 04 Jun 09

Are you saying that fireworks aren’t being misused?
FFS!

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