Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang on Wednesday announced a ban on fireworks and floating lanterns on Loy Krathong Day, which falls on November 19 this year.
The governor has asked for cooperation from manufacturers, collectors, distributors of fireworks and floating lanterns, as well as the general public in the Bangkok area, not to light and release fireballs, flares, any kinds of lantern or other similar objects into the air, unless authorised by the director of the area.
Violators must be punished with imprisonment of not more than three years, or a fine of not more than 60,000 baht, or both.
The sale or use of firecrackers of all kinds and dynamites are also prohibited. Violators will face a fine of not more than 6,000 baht, or imprisonment of not more than three months, or both.
Permission from the local registrar is required for manufacturers, collectors and sellers of fireworks, which must strictly comply with the measures announced by the Department of Health. Any violation will be dealt with under the law as well.
“Bangkok has established a special team from relevant departments to carry out inspections on the production, collection and distribution of fireworks in a bid to provide the highest order and safety for the people,” the governor concluded.