Police are on alert for unsanctioned bonfires in the run up to the Easter weekend, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.
“Both police and the fire department are on standby to deal with problems relating to bonfires and firecrackers. A meeting on the subject has taken place in all district police stations, at the presence of representatives from the local municipalities and all competent services,” he said.
Police have this year allowed the custom of burning a symbolic Judas Iscariot at the stake on Holy Saturday at midnight.
“We are doing everything in our power to prevent any bonfires from being lit at any other point besides the designated areas or at any other time than Holy Saturday,” he added.
When it came to firecrackers, another Easter tradition, Angelides said the force was focusing on educating the public on the dangers, as well as mounting operations to seize them. Only last week police arrested a 32-year-old man in whose home over 100,000 firecrackers were found.
This year alone police have confiscated over 180,000 firecrackers to date.