Yala – The Fourth Army Region has announced a ban on the sale of fireworks and firecrackers in southern border provinces throughout the Ramadan holy period.
The ban, issued by the Fourth Army Region’s commander Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, came into effect on 15th May and continues until 15th June. The Sheikhul Islam Office declared 17th May the start of Ramadan 2018.
The ban aims to facilitate religious services being held by Muslims in the southern border area during the fasting month, and was requested by the Islamic committees of the southern border provinces. Agencies in charge have been instructed to ensure legal compliance by firework shops.
In Yala province, local retailers have withdrawn firecrackers and fireworks from their shelves to observe the ban. Only party poppers are available for sale during this period. Violators face a fine of up to 40,000 baht or a jail term of up to two years or both.