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Pendle Council reminds residents of unlawful use of fireworks

Published: Monday, 24th July 2017

Pendle Council is reminding residents that it’s an offence to set off fireworks late at night and in the early hours of the morning.

This comes after a spate of fireworks being used on the streets of Nelson and Brierfield.

It’s an offence to set off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night, Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year.

And fireworks should not be used by individuals anywhere other than their own garden or yard.

The penalty is a fine of up to £5,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months.

Tim Horsley, Pendle Council’s Community Protection Co-ordinator, said: “We’ve had a number of complaints from residents about extremely loud fireworks being used in neighbourhoods.

“We’re working to try and identify who is behind this anti-social behaviour to make sure our residents can once again get a good night’s sleep.”

Councillor David Whipp, who leads on community safety in Pendle, added: “As well as being anti-social behaviour, this is really worrying.

“Fireworks can be extremely dangerous if used irresponsibly. Every year around 1,000 people are injured by fireworks in Britain.

“This behaviour, no matter how well intentioned, will not be tolerated and we’re reminding residents of the rules on the use of fireworks.”