Benjamin Mboutou, the prefect of the Wouri department (Littoral), announced on December 24 that the use of firecrackers and fireworks is prohibited in Douala during this year-end period. Anyone violating this rule will be subject to heavy penalties.
"Administrative charges will be issued against persons caught in possession of these items," he added. This decision aims to prevent risks and accidents involved in the use of these objects and ensure the protection, safety, and health of people, we learn. Such measures are not new in Cameroon. In 2020, the Governor of the Central region, Naseri Paul Bea, had issued a statement recalling that the ban on the sale and use of firecrackers and fireworks remain in force throughout the region. Naseri Paul Bea said the measure stemmed from the "security context of criminal terrorist acts using improvised explosive devices (IEDs)."