Posted: Mon 24th Oct 2022

Police concerns over children ‘messing with fireworks’ in run-up to Bonfire Night

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 24th, 2022

Police have expressed concerns over reports of children playing with fireworks in the run-up to Bonfire Night. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

An alert has been issued by North Wales Police warning of the dangers of misusing fireworks following numerous incidents over the weekend. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In a post on the North Wales Community Alerts website, Gwynedd South PCSO Shana Clarke said: “We’ve received numerous reports over the weekend regarding children messing around with fireworks. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“If used irresponsibly, fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, but they can also pose a serious fire risk as well. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Unless part of an organised event by licensed professionals, fireworks cannot be used on the street or in a public place. It’s an offence to throw or set any fireworks (including sparkles, party poppers) in or into any highway, street, or public place. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“If children are setting off fireworks in your area, our first advice is to ask them politely to stop. It’s possible they’re unaware that they are breaking the law. If you know their parents, perhaps ask them to intervene. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“If you’re having an ongoing problem with people setting off fireworks, please report any anti-social behaviour to us on the live chat facility on the website or by dialling 101. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“If you think someone is posing an immediate threat, please call 999 immediately.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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