Authorities clamp down on illegal fireworks in Lamphun province

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BANGKOK, 16 November 2015  – Police, soldiers, provincial officials and related security officials are clamping down on illegal fireworks in Lamphun province.

Authorities inspected the Nong Dok market in Lamphun province to ensure that vendors were not illegally selling fireworks before the allocated period.

Authorities found 2 vendors had begun to stock up on fireworks ahead of the legal selling date, prompting them to take legal action and seize the fireworks. The vendors were also fined 1,000 baht each.

The province has prepared measures against accidents from fireworks during the Loy Krathong Festival, scheduled for November 21st until the 25th. Vendors must have a permit to sell fireworks, which can be sold only between 4:00PM and 6:00PM. In addition, fireworks must only be used in designated areas.

The province is also asking the public not to release floating lanterns into the sky. Those found to have violated the law will be prosecuted.

Meanwhile, police will be deployed to various areas to ensure safety.