Police urge people to stop and think before handling fireworks

Police have issued a Bonfire Night warning about the dangers of fireworks, saying emergency services are called out to deal with children and adults who have been injured every year.

Devon and Cornwall Police would like everyone to stop and think for a moment before handling fireworks.

A spokesperson said: “Fireworks are explosives and even sparklers can reach temperatures 15 times hotter than boiling water and five times hotter than cooking oil. Both must be treated with care.

“Please respect your neighbours and your own communities and be mindful of the effect that loud bangs have on animals. On Bonfire Night, November 5, you can let off fireworks until midnight, otherwise you must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.”

The spokesperson pointed out: “You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90. Never carry them in public.”

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Top tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night can be found on the force’s website.

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