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Pendle Council urges residents to use fireworks responsibly

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

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Pendle Council is urging residents to use fireworks in a responsible and considerate manner respecting neighbours as well as pets and wildlife.

It’s joined forces with Lancashire Fire and Rescue and the Police to highlight the dangers of fireworks and encourage people to be more thoughtful.

This comes after a spate of fireworks being used on the streets of Nelson and Brierfield during the day as well as throughout the night. 

Tim Horsley, Pendle Council’s Community Protection Co-ordinator, said:

“We’ve again had a number of complaints from residents about extremely loud fireworks being used in neighbourhoods at all times of the day and night.

“The fireworks are being set off with absolutely no regard for the community.

“It’s not just about preventing people from sleeping; it can distress and frighten people and animals.

“We have ex-service men and women and families from war zones and it can be extremely frightening for them.”

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.

Shabaz Shah, firefighter at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fireworks can be extremely dangerous if used irresponsibly.

“We’ll be visiting wedding shops, community halls and other related wedding venues to highlight the dangers as well as the impact their behaviour can have on communities.”

The Police will be more visible in across Pendle to deter levels of anti-social behaviour.

You can report problems with fireworks to the police on 101.

To report illegal fireworks sales contact the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.