Purchasing fireworks – stay on the right side of the law
In the run-up to Halloween, police in Newry & Mourne are making the public aware that the sale of illegal fireworks and the misuse of fireworks will not be tolerated.
Inspector Hutchinson explained: “The inappropriate and illegal use of fireworks can be unsettling and intimidating for many members of the public. Fireworks are extremely dangerous in the hands of anyone not taking suitable precautions, especially children and young people.
“I am asking all parents to make themselves aware of the dangers and talk about this with your children. You should also make them aware of the legal repercussions of being found with illegal fireworks or bangers in your possession.”
He added, “Fireworks and bangers are illegal because of the danger they present. Any person who sells or supplies these items is acting illegally and with total disregard for the safety of others who use them.
“The law clearly states that fireworks must be bought from a licensed dealer who is required to keep sales records. Fireworks bought from other sources could be of a sub-standard quality, with the potential to cause serious injury. It is essential that you have a licence when purchasing any fireworks.”
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