Match bombs a concern for Police

Match bombs are becoming a source of concern for the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), which says the use of the the explosive devices is illegal.

Assistant Superintendent, Gregory Alexander, told the Times that the Explosives Act in defining explosives, covers a wide range of devices including match bombs, flares, fireworks and fuses.

Alexander explained that for such items to be imported and used the Commissioner of Police has to grant permission.

The police official however explained that over the years, match bombs and other such devices have been used ‘discreetly’.

“What we have noticed is that sometimes there is the indiscriminate use of those items causing annoyance to members of the public,” Alexander told the Times.

He said in such a case when a police officer is present, he has the backing of the law to move in and confiscate such items and effect an arrest if there is a need.

Alexander indicated to the Times that some persons who may not be able to distinguish between gunshots and the sound of match bombs can also be affected by the sound of the devices exploding.

“What we will continue to do is sensitize the officers and since we have many more officers on the ground, we will tell them to look out for that kind of behaviour,” Alexander told the Times.

 

 

20 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    The police should not allow people to brust match bomb because most of the time think is gunshot there is one that sounds so much like gunshot my daughter’s always crying am so tired of that 😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠

    1. Corb
      December 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Come on now
      Bursting ofmatch bombs have been a christmas tradition for over 50 years
      Descreet use .. yes
      But to outlaw them althogether
      Smh

  2. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Check graveyard thats where it is

  3. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    For so many years we have match bombs in st Lucia y now its a problem they should worry about stoping the killings nd police brutalily

  4. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I agree 100%, when walking in Castries and an individual burst it , if you don’t know the sound of a gunshot you would run for cover, I hope it’s not all talk , but something is done as well

  5. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Something has to be done about that.especially in the hot spots.u don’t know the difference between match bombs and gun shots. U are asleep is awaken by that I can’t tell u what that does to someone.please,please do something about it now.

  6. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Great idea put a stop to it . totally agree

  7. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    “He said in such a case when a police officer is present, he has the backing of the law to move in and confiscate such items and effect an arrest if there is a need.”

    And herein lies the problem with the police in this country. Discreet or not it is illegal and should be dealt with as per the law. Same with the noise, the litter etc. If the police is allowed to choose which laws they enforce society has a problem.

  8. Queen Hatshepsut
    December 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I strongly believe that the police are culpable for the indiscriminate use of match bombs. I cannot understand why they are pretending to be concerned about the danger involved with the use of match bombs that they deem ‘illegal’ and are doing nothing to the culprits. No wonder persons can walk freely smoking marijuana during the day . I need the police to define the word ,illegal . It would be interesting to know the number of persons who have sought permission from the Commissioner of Police . Laws are not being enforced in St.Lucia. This is why criminals do as they please. The police are ludicrous!!!

  9. Queen Hatshepsut
    December 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I strongly believe that the police are culpable for the indiscriminate use of match bombs. I cannot understand why they are pretending to be concerned about the danger involved with the use of match bombs that they deem ‘illegal’ and are doing nothing to the culprits. No wonder persons can walk freely smoking marijuana during the day . I need the police to define the word ,illegal . It would be interesting to know the number of persons who have sought permission from the Commissioner of Police . Laws are not being enforced in St.Lucia. This is why criminals do as they please. The police are ludicrous!!!

    1. Anonymous
      December 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Amen!

  10. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I would people to understand the generation long a go is not the same generation of today what we did and how we did it was totally discredit but right now with the new generation it will be done indiscreetly so I’m in the favor Of Banning it completely. Restrictions from importation.. prohibited fourthwith .thanks.

  11. Unpredictable
    December 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Match bombs and firecrackers are a christmas tradition and have been so even before i was born but the police have made it illegal. A tradition is illegal in this country. But women being raped, people getting robbed and murdered in broad daylight, vehicles getting stolen and vandalized, houses being broken into, drugs and guns etc. Cannot be stopped by police but all traditions and things that are not the causes of crime are being banned by police. When will you idiots stop looking for way to cover your incompetence.

    1. LB
      December 30, 2016 at 12:55 am

      Before your geneearion came along, a building in Castries got burnt, by a match bomb which was thrown indiscriminately into a box of firecrackers in the store – hence the law against unsupervised match bombs and firecrackers being used indiscriminately and against the law. If a law is imposed, it should be enforced, period.

  12. Choops
    December 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Yes IT IS HIGHLY (Word deleted) ANNOYING !!

  13. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Times have changed it can’t be business as usual people.

  14. Rage
    December 30, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Might as well stop bamboo bursting. This “law” makes no sense, as do most laws on this island. Homosexuality is illegal but the police don’t chase that, but a little match bomb is a problem? why allow fireworks then if you want to ban party explosives

    1. Anonymous
      December 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Rest assured, Rage, once the police have finished their holiday enforcement blitz on firecrackers, they will focus on the things that are illegal that are plaguing our island — rape, murder, robbery, assault, murder.

      Or maybe, instead of going after what is truly plaguing our island, they’ll make a splashy announcement about setting up the Rslpf Undecover Squad on Homosexuality, or “RUSH”.

      Making fire crackers illegal is is futile in a pathetically desperate way. Almost anything can be used as a weapon. Shall we also ban gasoline, mathches, bleach, Draino, paint thinner, nail files, pliers, all glass containers, gas bottles, fertilizer, diesel fuel, nail polish remover, Tylenol, potassium, stones in the road, vehicles, forks, and, well, one gets the picture.

      People can make trouble with anything off the self. Raise them right, be there for them, engage with them, show the caring to help them steer a righteous line, and then they know better and they have no interest in engaging in stupidity.

  15. Anonymous
    December 30, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Enforce the Laws of this country and everything will be ok.music is suppose to stop at 2am yet in the getto it goes until 5 am.Check you’ll self .make a change in 2017.I beg of u.

  16. WOW
    December 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

    SMH. If it is against the law then just do what the law says. This nonsense about the police things are a real concern for them is ridiculous. Their job is to uphold the law not talk. Last week they said it about tints. SMH. The police job is to uphold the law. If it is against the law they need to act and do what the law tell them to do. NOt make speeches.

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