One weekend at the end of last month a group of close friends put on a fireworks display to help their friend propose to his girlfriend at Shalun Beach in Tamsui District. The blazing sparks illuminated the dark skies and the lovers’ faces, moving his girlfriend to tears. However, firefighters showed up on the scene just as everyone had started cheering her on to marry him after local residents had called the police to complain about the fireworks disturbing the peace. As soon as they saw them coming, everyone except the person igniting the fireworks was able to successfully evade the firefighters. He was given a fine of NT$30,000.
An official from Tamsui District’s fire department said they received a complaint at 11:36pm that night from someone that fireworks were being set off at Shalun Beach, and that the sound woke them up. The firefighters arrived at the beach and saw the sparks lighting up the sky. They immediately recorded it on video as evidence. The video is seven and a half minutes long.
The firefighters found a dozen people at the scene having fun around the sparks, and they had even put candles on the ground in the shape of a heart. The firefighters gradually got closer to them as they were filming. When they finally saw the firefighters filming them, they ran away. The firefighters called on them to stop, but they were only able to seize Wang, the person who was lighting the fireworks.
Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times
Wang told the authorities that his buddy wanted to propose to his girlfriend. A group of friends decided to help him, so they bought copious amounts of fireworks and went to New Taipei City’s Shalun Beach to set them off. He stressed that they did not know that they were violating any regulations and were only trying to have fun.
Regulations stipulate that a violation is subject to a fine from anywhere between NT$3,000 and NT$150,000, and the regulations in New Taipei City forbid people from setting off firecrackers between 10pm and 6am that fly, soar in the air or explode when thrown to the ground. The fire department will fine violators unless they have applied with the proper authorities ahead of time.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)
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