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General Advice in relation to Fireworks and Bonfire Period

Alert message sent 30/10/2019 15:28:00

Information sent on behalf of South Yorkshire Police


It is important to remember this period is largely a family based celebration time and the vast majority will be law abiding and enjoying the occasion. There are however those that act irresponsibly and we will take a proportionate approach to those we believe are planning or engaging in criminal activity.

A fireworks can be let off on any day of the year between 7am and 11pm, however on Bonfire Night, they can be let off between 7am and midnight and therefore the police are powerless to act, unless there are identified offences specific to fireworks being committed.

After midnight it is an offence to set off fireworks.

It is illegal to possess a firework if you’re under 18 years old.

It is illegal to set off fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or public place.

Don’t set off fireworks in the street or busy places; you could seriously hurt yourself or somebody else and it is illegal to do so.

The best way to enjoy bonfire night is to attend an organised display. The bonfires are bigger, the fireworks are better and they are a lot safer. There are a number of organised events across the area.

If you are intent on holding your own display, only buy British Standard marked fireworks, follow the instructions on the box and site any bonfires well away from buildings.

Do not leave rubbish or old furniture lying around – instead, store it securely behind a locked gate, away from your home.

Ensure your wheeled bin is off the street after collection day and make sure it is secure.

Small fires have big consequences- they can quickly spread, putting the lives of those you love most at risk.

Enjoy the period and respect those that do not want to engage in any celebrations or events.



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Alan Concannon (Police,PCSO,Rotherham South)
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