Responsible Firework Use

There’s been a lot of chat this week on Blantyre Telegraph Live Chat Group about the use of Fireworks.

As we approach the 5th of November, we’re firmly into ‘fireworks season’ and no doubt you’ll be aware that shops in Blantyre have already started selling fireworks.

The lead up to Fireworks night always presents some issues ranging from frightened animals to people being injured. Complaints about noise escalate significantly too, especially at some ungodly hours.

Responsible firework use is not without its own risks, however when fireworks fall into the wrong hands, thats when police like to intervene.

We normally post about responsible use each year, and will do that nearer the time. For now though, we thought an appropriate reminder on guidelines would be useful.

It is an OFFENCE to:

  1. Possess fireworks under the age of 18.
  2. Sell Fireworks to anybody under the age of 18.
  3. Let off Fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am (except on bonfire night where it is permitted up to midnight)
  4. Throw or set off fireworks in a public place, for example a public park without council permission.
  5. Cause unnecessary suffering to animals.

An important point is the permitted hours. We often see people complain about fireworks going off at 9.30pm or around 10pm. This is actually permitted under current laws, but is of course inconsiderate to others. The Scottish Government are conducting a review for next year on permitted hours and indeed the potential use of silent fireworks and when fireworks can be bought in general.

If you know of anybody breaching these rules or setting deliberate fires, you should contact Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Have your say. What would YOU do about the sale and use of fireworks?

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