Emergency services urge you to not mess around with fireworks

15/10/2020

Following a recent rise of incidents caused by fireworks, Nottinghamshire's emergency services want you to be safe ahead of bonfire night.

We are asking you to use fireworks in the appropriate manner, and to not use them when causing anti-social behaviour. If you want to use fireworks, please follow the instructions on each firework, use them outside, and never throw them.

Group Manager, Chris Emmott, said: “People don’t realise how dangerous fireworks can be. Once they are lit they can explode, and they can cause life-changing injuries to people.

“We are asking people to be safe around fireworks, especially as we are coming up to bonfire night.”

It is a criminal offence to throw or cast any firework into any highway, street or public space and if you use fireworks outside the curfew hours you could receive a substantial fine or even a maximum of six-month imprisonment.

Superintendent Kevin Broadhead, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Fireworks can be fun, but they can also cause distress and injury if they are not handled responsibly.

“As we enter fireworks season we would urge people to think carefully and follow some basic guidance.

“Fireworks should only be bought from a legitimate and trusted retailer and should also comply with British Standard 7114 or European equivalent.

“They should also be used with consideration for your neighbours and should never be set off in the street or on any other public place.

“Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under18 will be confiscated."

Visit our website for more information to keep you firework safe.

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