Ahead of tonight’s Halloween celebrations in Enniskillen, police have issued a warning over the dangers of fireworks. Those found to be breaking the law could face fines of up to £5,000.
The warning comes after police in Fermanagh seized a quantity of fireworks in the Kesh area on Thursday.
Tonight, the biggest fireworks display in Fermanagh will take place on Castle Island, with Fermanagh Lakeland Forum giving the best view of the fireworks. The event begins at 8pm sharp and is always a great night of spooky fun. Come along in fancy dress and enjoy the festivities.
The PSNI is urging everyone to be considerate of others this Halloween night and ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. The PSNI is reminding the public that fireworks require a licence – except indoor fireworks and sparklers and that it is illegal to possess, purchase, sell, handle or use fireworks except under licence.
Police have issued the following safety advice to help make Halloween a safe, enjoyable time for everyone.
FIREWORKS AND SPARKLERS:
Fireworks require a licence – except indoor fireworks and sparklers
It is illegal to possess, purchase, sell, handle or use fireworks except under licence
Only adults should light or handle fireworks
Never ever go back to a firework once lit – even if it does not go off
When watching fireworks, stand well back
It is an offence to throw fireworks in the street or other public places
Always supervise children around fireworks
Never give sparklers to children under the age of five
Light sparklers one at time and always wear gloves
Keep a bucket of water close by and put sparklers in it when they go out
Police would remind members of the public that you need a licence for outdoor fireworks and the legal age to obtain the licence is 16 years old. The use of bangers is illegal and the use of fireworks outdoors after 11pm and before 7am is prohibited except under licence.
The law clearly says 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.
Fireworks that do not have instructions printed in English are illegal as are all bangers. The purchase, possession or use of fireworks without a licence is an offence.
If anyone has information regarding the sale of illegal fireworks they should contact local police. Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously through the ‘Crimestoppers’ charity on 0800 555 111.
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