FIREWORKS! A display of fireworks by the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

The Uganda Police has cleared 200 institutions and individuals to display fireworks on New Year’s Day, police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi has said.

BURNING TYRES PROHIBITED: Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

According to Kaweesi, all those cleared sought approval from the Inspector General of Police and have a registered supplier. Further, he said the burning of tyres, either in public or private (at home) is prohibited.

“No burning tyres to celebrate the New Year even in private homes. Burning of tyres is analog,” Kaweesi said, adding that the police will be on standby to offer assistance to those in need of help.

“All those that don’t have extinguishers, we provide stand-by fire extinguishing machines,” Kaweesi said while appearing on NBS TV talkshow, ‘Morning Breeze’.

The top display venues for fireworks in Kampala include the Hilton Hotel Kampala, the Serena Hotel and the Sheraton Hotel, among others and, sources close to police indicate that members of the force are on high alert at most of the authorised venues, ready to thwart any crimes, mostly those related to terrorism.