Fireworks will not be seen in the night sky over Santa Ponsa on Sunday.

09-08-2016Toni Escobar

Calvia town hall has been obliged to cancel the fireworks for the conclusion of Santa Ponsa's fiestas on Sunday. The company contracted to put on the display is said not to have met safety requirements, and the national government's delegation (which oversees safety and security matters) has rejected safety plans submitted to it. The town hall says that it will be seeking damages from the company because of the cancellation.

Meanwhile, Calvia police will be mounting alcohol and drugs controls on Saturday evening and into the night to coincide with the Moors and Christians re-enactment and the night party in Santa Ponsa. The controls will intensify later on in order to try and prevent "botellón" street drinking.

The police are claiming some success in having cut down on the number of street-drinking incidents, there having been 137 "denuncias" for drinking in public by groups of people and for causing a nuisance.

In August and over the first week of September, there were six controls against drink and drugs. One hundred and fifty drivers were checked in all, of which twelve were positive for alcohol and five were found to be under the influence of drugs.

A strategic objective of the police is to try and dissuade and prevent young people from drinking and taking drugs. In support of this, there has been a tactic of prevention, with increased numbers of police deployed in nightlife areas where large groups of young people gather. This is intended to stop there being street-drinking parties. If deterrence fails, officers have been applying the bylaw under which there are fines of around 400 euros.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 5 years

Whoever is responsible it is criminal that nodody had the desire to resucitate the display which is one of the best in the island's calendar. In the end it's the public who suffer.

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