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Explosives and fireworks

Fireworks can add excitement to special occasions, however, they are also:

  • Dangerous
  • Can frighten and disturb people and animals
  • Cause annoyance and damage
  • Have an impact on air quality

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS EN 15947
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light at arm's length, using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep pets indoors

There are various Acts and Regulations covering the sale and use of explosives and fireworks, and there are enforced by various bodies.

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