CAAF cautions public on fireworks use

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) states it is prohibited for anyone to operate fireworks within five kilometres of the Nadi and Nausori airports and within 3km of any domestic airport.

However, CAAF stated fireworks could be used during the Hindu festival of lights, known as Diwali, between 5pm and 11pm on November 3 and November 4, provided the fireworks displays were 500 metres away from the approach and take-off paths of any airport.

“Past trends have shown that there are a high number of aviation incident reports involving fireworks in the vicinity of airports received during the Diwali festive season,” stated CAAF.

“Fireworks can be dangerous and for this reason, their use is strictly controlled.

“The public is warned that any fireworks activity that is directed at or towards aircraft, particularly during an aircraft’s critical phases of flight such as take off and approach to landing at an airport, could endanger the aircraft and lives of passengers onboard.

“Shooting or directing fireworks within proximity of aircraft flying, taxiing or parked is a serious breach of Fiji’s Air Navigation Regulations 1981 and is a criminal offence.”

CAAF has urged the public not to direct any firework activity at or towards any aircraft or airport.

“If you see anyone directing firework activity at an aircraft or airport, report it immediately to the nearest police post.”

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