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