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04 November 2011

The bang and the whimper

You feel like a spoilsport denying the excitement of fireworks to kids. But is a brief moment of fun really worth the risk?

You feel like a spoilsport denying the excitement of fireworks to kids. But is a brief moment of fun really worth the risk?

Loud fireworks, apart from adding to noise pollution, may also be associated with hearing loss. Still other serious injuries have resulted from explosions at fireworks factories and stores.

  • It is illegal to discharge a firework in a public place.
  • You need a licence to sell fireworks and you may not sell them to anyone under the age of 16.
  • Any premises in which fireworks are handled (e.g. a shop) should have at least two exits, and should keep the fireworks at the rear of the building relative to the main exit.
  • Fireworks should not be displayed or kept anywhere that the public can have access to them. They must be kept under a counter or in a locked container.
  • It is illegal for anyone to smoke or take a naked flame onto premises where fireworks are stored or handled.
  • Parents are held responsible if their children use fireworks illegally.

 
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