Firework safety: Everything you need to know before Bonfire Night

Firework safety tips.
Firework safety tips.
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With Bonfire Night fast approaching, the sound of fireworks is becoming increasingly common as excitement builds to the big day.

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A firework display

A firework display

However, fireworks are exceptionally dangerous and there are a number of rules and laws in place to make sure that fireworks are distributed and used safely. The misuse of fireworks could result in a criminal record, a fine of up to £5000 and even a spell in prison.

As such, here’s everything you need to know prior to Bonfire Night.

-Bonfires must be 18 metres away from any buildings and no more than 2.5m in height. It is recommended that local planned events are attended.

-It is illegal to set off a firework between the hours of 11pm-7am.

-It is prohibited to tamper or misuse fireworks

-Fireworks should not be set off on any main roads, highways or public place without any planning

-It is illegal for a minor (under 18) to have a firework in a public place or to be sold a firework

-Cruelty or causing uncomfort to animals is illegal

While not everyone is a fan of fireworks it is important to be safe if putting on a display and to be mindful of your own safety and the safety of others