Pol. Maj. Pikad Tantipong, the Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, revealed that the police had planned to monitor firecracker playing strictly during the Vegetarian Festival in order to prevent accidents from firecrackers, but admitted that with so many people playing them it would be difficult to prevent their use.
There are many people and tourists affected by loud shocks of firecracker playing. The police also try to keep an eye on firecracker trade in the tourist spots. After the Vegetarian Festival the police would be stricter on firecracker preventions and sales.
The firecrackers not only sound annoying but could be a cause of fire and injury. In Kathu, there was one women arrested because she sold firecrackers illegally in the Patong area.