Stay safe this bonfire night

Police step up patrols.

POLICE are urging the public to be careful this bonfire night as the consequences of misusing fireworks can destroy lives.

Patrols are being stepped up in the local area and the police have launched a poster campaign to ensure people do not fool around with fireworks.

PC Steve Speariett of Seaton police station said: “We understand that fireworks are a traditional part of Bonfire Night celebrations, but they are dangerous explosives and cause many serious accidents every year.

“The safest way for people to enjoy fireworks is to go to a professionally organised event,”

Residents are reminded that it is illegal to:

Let off fireworks in public places, which can carry fines of up to �5,000 or an �80 fixed penalty notice.

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Set off fireworks between midnight and 7am on bonfire night.

Cause unnecessary suffering to animals with fire works, which carries a maximum penalty of �5,000 and/or six months in prison.

Sell bangers, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically, aerial shells and maroons.

Store fireworks for private use for more than 14 days

Sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age, which has a maximum penalty �5,000 and/or six months in prison.