On Wednesday 6th May, 2020 the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement announced in a press release that a limited permit will be granted for fireworks to be set off on the days that the local feast is usually celebrated.
This decision was made after evaluating several aspects of the situation, primarily the security risks posed by storing unused fireworks in firework factories. The process of manufacturing fireworks started months in advance, well before the Church authorities announced the decision that both in 2020 and in 2021 years religious feasts will not be taking place.
The Police will be issuing permits for fireworks to be set off during these days and times. • On the eve and on the feast day in the morning and at noon.• On the eve of the feast during the time known as tranżulazzjoni (around 1800 hrs).• On the day of the feast, permission will be granted for a one-hour fireworks display in the evening.• No ground fireworks or shows known as displays will be permitted.
This must be done in accordance to the Legal Notices issued to combat the spread of COVID-19 and no breach of the law will be tolerated. Furthermore, since firework factories will be setting off less fireworks than they already worked for, the oxidizer quota granted for next year will be limited. These decisions were taken after consulting with relevant experts on the topic and in agreement with all stakeholders.
During the beginning of August, 2021 preparations were being done in order to celebrate the feast of St Lawrence (Maltese – San Lawrenz ) that is always celebrated on August 10th.
The Ports & Yachting Directorate Department of Transport Malta issued Notice to Mariners ( No 111 of 2021 ) that notified mariners and owners of vessels that 3 non propelled barges will be towed to their designated locations off Bighi for Fireworks Activities including Petards. These barges were B 17 from Cassar Marine Services
HULL 137 from Palumbo Malta Shipyard.
HULL 188 from Palumbo Malta Shipyard.
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Published – Thursday 19th August ,2021