Explosive warning over Sidmouth firework night fun

PUBLISHED: 17:33 26 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 18 June 2010

EXPLOSIVES in the wrong hands could lead to firework night misery in Sidmouth- safety bosses have warned.

EXPLOSIVES in the wrong hands could lead to firework night misery in Sidmouth- safety bosses have warned.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service wants residents to have a safe bonfire night and has issued advice to reduce risk.

"Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and the Firework Code," said Keith Pascoe, of the service's community safety department. He added: "While most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery."

"Laws against fireworks misuse are there to protect communities. Misuse offences relate to throwing, possession and controlling the time of their use. Other laws regulate the supply and sales of fireworks.

"The purchase of fireworks by anyone under the age of 18 is an offence. Possession of fireworks by anyone under the age of 18 in a public place is also an offence".

See a fire-work safety checklist at www.sidmouthherald.co.uk.


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