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03 November 2017

Don't let unsuitable fireworks spoil your bonfire night

We would always advise people to attend organised fireworks display events if they can, but we know many people like to host their own smaller events at home

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public protection

We want to make sure you are buying suitable fireworks for your garden if you are planning to host your own bonfire events at home.

Every year people up and down the county host their own bonfire night events but they may not realise many fireworks require a minimum safety distance of 25 metres, and are more suitable for larger events.

If you are thinking of holding your own fireworks display for family, friends and neighbours our trading standards team encourage you to make sure you read the fireworks box label carefully and ensure they are the correct ones you need. If you are using fireworks that are intended for large displays rather than home use, then you risk injury as well posing a serious fire hazard to you and your neighbours' properties.

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public protection, said: "We would always advise people to attend organised fireworks display events if they can, but we know many people like to host their own smaller events at home.

"If that's the case, all that we ask is people take the right precautions and buy suitable fireworks and importantly carefully read the instruction for their use. We'd hate for anyone be injured due to this and end up in hospital"

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Last updated: 3 November 2017 | Last reviewed: 3 November 2017

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