BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The complete ban of sales and use of fireworks stands, said the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).
The RBPF said Thursday that no permits have been issued to any companies in Brunei for the sale of fireworks, even in the upcoming Hari Raya festival celebration.
The move, said Acting Director of Operation Senior Superintendent Pg Hj Muhammad in a press conference held at the RBPF Headquarters, was to further ensure the safety of the people during the celebration.
Fireworks played late at night also disturb the community's peace, he said, as there may be people who need the silence to rest.
The acting director reminded members of the public that the selling, owning or importing of firecrackers and fireworks is an offence under Brunei's Chapter 58 of the Firearms and Explosives Act.
"It is an offence liable to a jail term of not less than five years and not more than 15 years, and a minimum of three strokes and maximum of 12 strokes of canes, as well as a fine up to 3,000 Brunei dollars (2,230 U.S. dollars) if found guilty," he said.