On Friday, the city of Basseterre was busy with the sale of various fireworks and other items, such as whistling rockets and other similar non-explosive type fireworks that are usually associated with the occasion.
However, this year, as has been the case since 2005, a ban has been placed on the sale and use of explosive fireworks by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
“As part of the ongoing efforts in the fight against illegal firearms and other gun-related crimes, the police wish to remind and inform the general public that there is in effect a temporary ban on all explosive fireworks or (bombs), especially those associated with Guy Fawkes celebrations. This ban does not extend to starlight, whistling rockets and other similar non-explosive type fireworks,” so said, Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Vaughn Henderson.
He further added that the security forces would be vigilant in enforcing the ban, and asked for public support and cooperation in the maintenance of law and order.
“We are making a special appeal to all business places and the general public, in particular parents and guardians, to cooperate with police in the interest of safety and security,” he added.
In St. Kitts, persons normally can be seen with Guy Fawkes bombs and explosives from as early as mid-October. This is normally done in remembrance of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 5th November, 1605, to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. The date is also commemorated by the United Kingdom and in several former British colonies.