Nottinghamshire Police are warning residents in Gedling borough that people breaking the law when using fireworks could face a six-month prison sentence or hefty fine.
Police say they want people in the borough to have a ‘safe but fun’ bonfire night and are reminding everyone to ‘remember, remember’ the laws in place around fireworks.
A spokesman said: “Fireworks are great fun but it is important to remember that they can also cause distress and injuries if not handled properly.
“If you are using fireworks at home simply follow our guidelines to ensure you have a safe but fun bonfire night.”
Police have issued the following guidelines:
• Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
• It is an offence for under 18s to have fireworks in a public place.
• You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
• You’re not allowed to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire night whereby the curfew is midnight to 7am. On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, the curfew is 1am.
•Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under18 will be confiscated.
• Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
• Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
• It is illegal for any retailer to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18.
•Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
• Ensure your fireworks comply with British Standard 7114 or the European equivalents.
• You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates: October 15 – 10, November 26 – December 31, or three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
The spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police added: “Remember, if you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to six months or your parents or carers could receive a fine.