Stay safe on bonfire night

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Police are warning they will not tolerate the misuse of fireworks in the days before and after November 5.

Officers are keen to avoid any incidents of anti-social behaviour and offenders could face an on-the-spot fine of £80.

Police also have the power to stop and search anyone they think may be in unlawful possession of fireworks.

Inspector Dick Lowings said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves this bonfire night, but it is important people use fireworks responsibly for the safety of themselves and others.”


*It is an offence for anyone under 18 to buy fireworks, or to sell fireworks to them.

*It is an offence for anyone under 18 to be in possession of a firework in a public place.

*It is an offence to throw a firework in, or into, a street or public place.

*Retailers have to be licensed to sell fireworks.

*The use of fireworks during night hours is usually prohibited between 11pm and 7am. On November 5, fireworks may be set off until midnight.

*Sparklers should not be given to children under five.

Officers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be carrying out extra patrols in the run up to Monday (November 5).

The aim of the patrols will be to enforce legislation that governs the use of fireworks and to reassure residents.

Sgt Mick Thorpe added: “We are working with Trading Standards to ensure that all those selling fireworks are licensed to do so and are not acting irresponsibly by allowing anyone under the age of 18 to purchase them.”

Andy Tucker, Risk Manager for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are urging people in Cambridgeshire to ensure these events remain fun for everyone involved and that people stay safe this year.

“Bonfires can very easily spread to nearby homes, outbuildings, trees and fences. Fireworks are extremely dangerous if not used correctly and can easily maim or kill the person using them, or those nearby.”