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REGULATIONS TO CRACK DOWN ON FIREWORK YOBS COME INTO FORCE

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New rules to crack down on the misuse of fireworks come into force ...
New rules to crack down on the misuse of fireworks come into force

today.

The regulations are the first part of the Firework Act 2003 to be

implemented, and aim to tackle the problems of this kind of

anti-social behaviour.

The new regulations will ban:

* the possession of fireworks by under-18s in public places

* members of the public from possessing 'category four' professional

fireworks, the largest most powerful type that are used for public

displays

Consumer minister Gerry Sutcliffe said:

'These regulations are the first in a number of measures of our

fireworks legislation which will help drive this kind of loutish

behaviour off the streets. Fireworks can be fun, but these

regulations aim to curb any irresponsible behaviour associated with

their use.'

Next year further parts of the legislation will come into force,

including curfews on the setting off of fireworks, recognised

training for display operators and the introduction of a licensing

system for suppliers.

The new regulations will be enforced by the police.

Notes

1. Bill Tynan MP's Private Members Bill on fireworks was supported by

the Government and received Royal Assent on 18 September 2003.

2. Category four fireworks are the largest most powerful type of

fireworks. Their supply is already restricted by the Consumer

Protection Act and they are all marked 'This device must not be sold

to, or used by a member of the public.'

3. All fireworks sold to the general public must comply with the

Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No. 2294). These

Regulations, among other things;

- ban supply of aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and

maroons-in-mortar, bangers, mini-rockets and fireworks of erratic

flight (e.g. squibs, jumping crackers, helicopters) to the public;

- set 18 as the minimum age for purchasing fireworks (apart from

certain fireworks such as caps, cracker snaps and party poppers which

can be supplied to persons over 16); and

- require that all fireworks allowed for sale to the general public

comply with the British Standard (BS 7114).

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