By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr, has sounded a warning to the public on the illegal use of firecrackers within the city.
He said Lae police would be tracking down on people possessing fireworks in their homes after the new celebrations.
Police in Lae are now geared for the operations that commence tonight around the city.
Despite previous warnings, Lae city will still see firecrackers being used tonight. The crackers were smuggled into Lae from Jayapura, Indonesia via Vanimo.
Chief Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jr, has warned against the use of firecrackers tonight.
The Chief Superintendent says now that his officers cannot control the number of crackers already in the city, police will continue confiscating firecrackers after the New Year.
Amidst the warning, youngsters are preparing to celebrate the new year with firecrackers at backyards of their homes.
Tracking down how the illegal items come into Lae is a painstaking challenge for authorities. The firecrackers aren’t smuggled in large quantities making them difficult to detect.
In some instances, those involved have been members of the law enforcers themselves.