Hmmmm … I keep looking for the logic in the firework regulations that are now in place… but fail miserably! But this latest restriction ‘takes the biscuit’!
We were recently informed that we would only be given permission to shoot a firework display if it was for a wedding… any other celebratory events would be refused permission upon application. SO… birthdays… anniversaries… proposals… corporate events… etc etc will NOT be given the go-ahead… ONLY weddings!
Why this regulation even entered the discussion is beyond me… we have had no explanation as to why events other than weddings are not allowed to have fireworks.
Firework displays are ONLY allowed for weddings… the firework booking must be registered at the local government offices AT LEAST 15 days in advance of the shoot date… fireworks are ONLY allowed between the hours of 11pm and 1am (2300hrs – 0100hrs).
I must say that both Baladt and Ny Amphur (our 2 most senior government officials) are doing their level best to support us, but with these regulations emmanating from Central Government in Bangkok our local government officials also have their hands pretty well tied!
Oh… and not to forget… the new regulations make it impossible for us to actually sell consumer fireworks to anyone (15 days notice? Where they will be lit? etc etc)… so if you are wanting a few consumer-type ‘Patio Fireworks’ to set off for your child’s birthday party… or a few rockets to accompany your BBQ on the beach… then forget it! 🙁 🙁 🙁
We are very fortunate in that well over 90% of the firework displays we provide are actually for weddings, and these events are normally planned way in advance (so no problem with the 15 day rule), so our core business model will be relatively unaffected. However, I do feel sorry for those that would love fireworks for their proposal… birthday… retirement etc etc
Such is life! (Such is Thailand! lol) … we can only do what we can do, so please forgive us if we can not provide you with fireworks because your event is NOT a wedding 🙁