This pilot scheme will run on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November alongside regular police enforcement and the weekend noise patrol and will include additional support for residents needing advice on fireworks.
Legislation says that fireworks can only be bought and owned by people aged 18 and over and can only be let off between 7am and 11pm but on 5 November they can be used until midnight – and should not be thrown at all. Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals and it is an offence for a member of the public to have one.
Officers advise that noisier fireworks are better for early evening events while later in the evening, opt for fireworks with colour rather than noise. The fireworks should be lit away from neighbouring properties to minimise their impact on others.
Anyone with concerns about firework danger should call the police on 101, while for concerns about noise levels, please call the council’s noise patrol line on 01904 551 555 which will be live from 9pm to 3am on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November. If the line is engaged, please leave a message and it will be answered.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ firework code is at: www.saferfireworks.com/