Air Force Commander Roshan Gunatilleke has told senior officers to explain to the public not to panic when there are warnings of impending air attacks by Tiger guerrillas.
He has told his senior officers that during their interaction with the public the position should be made clear.
Officials said yesterday that air defence activity creates a very spectacular colour lights followed by heavy fire. Those are in fact tracer bullets which, because of the chemicals they are treated in, burn after they are fired. This allows the gunners to see where the bullets are going.
For every tracer there are four to five normal bullets which are not visible to the naked eye. They can pose a bigger danger if they fall on people or enter through windows of building. This is why the public have been advised not to stay out or watch through their windows when such activity takes place.
During last Sunday's air strike, Security Forces and Police personnel even used their assault rifles to fire into the sky. An unfortunate situation, officials warn, could lead to people looking out of windows becoming victims.