Police reminder on firework rules

With Bonfire Night approaching, Walsall Police are reminding people to use fireworks responsibly.

Police have a force wide campaign entitled ‘Operation Verve aimed at reducing crime and providing reassurance during this busy time of the year.

As part of the operation officers are reminding people that the law limits the times fireworks can be let off, and that adult fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under 18.

Fireworks cannot be let off between the hours of 11pm and 7am the next day, except on certain celebration days.

Fireworks are permitted up until midnight for Bonfire Night, and 1am the next day on New Year’s Eve, Eid and Chinese New Year. People letting off fireworks at other times face a range of penalties from a substantial fine to imprisonment.

It is also an offence to throw a firework in the street, thoroughfare or public place. Police can fine people for firework misuse using either a court fine or an £80 fixed penalty notice.

Young people under the age of 18 are being warned that it is an offence to possess any firework apart from sparklers and party poppers. Firework retailers are also being reminded that it is an offence to sell an adult firework to anyone under 18 years old.

Chief Inspector Matt Markham, from the force headquarters, said: “We want everyone to enjoy fireworks and stay safe. The misuse of fireworks is a major cause of anti-social behaviour at this time of year and can be particularly distressing to vulnerable individuals such as small children and the elderly.

“Anyone experiencing problems with dangerous or late night firework use, should contact their local police station on 0845 113 5000, where all types of anti-social behaviour are taken very seriously.”

 

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