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It's coming up to November 5 once again when
traditionally many people have bonfires and firework displays. But
every year many people and especially children are hurt - some
seriously - scarred or disabled for life. Take a look at the UK
Firework Safety pages and take every precaution they suggest. You
are dealing with explosives no matter how small they may be. If
handled carefully they can be great fun but sometimes accidents will
happen if care is not taken.
More seriously yet are dangers caused by people setting fireworks off in public places to frighten or alarm individuals or groups. Police forces will be taking a serious view of these actions and will press charges against anyone caught carrying out acts of this nature.
Here for example is what the Ross-shire police have issued -
ROSS-SHIRE POLICE RAISE CONCERNS OVER
Chief Inspector David O'Connor, said today "My officers will pro-actively target those individuals who indulge in this type of senseless behaviour. There are obviously some individuals who get a thrill out of throwing and lighting fireworks in public places. Apart from the obvious dangers, this type of conduct causes particular distress to the young, the elderly, as well as all kinds of animals. Persons who are caught will be charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal as it appears that some of the mindless minority are still not getting the message."
In the meantime, police will work closely with the Local Authority and closely supervise those retail outlets which sell fireworks to ensure that safety standards are maintained.
Police forces everywhere will be taking a similar
line but the need to handle fireworks safely is a must and young
children should never handle them. The loss of an eye or worse is
all too easy. Read all the instructions on fireworks