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Under-18s are reminded of 'no fireworks' rule

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 31, 2012

Under-18s are reminded of 'no fireworks' rule

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Police have issued a warning about the possession of fireworks after a stash was seized from two boys aged 13 and 14.

The youngsters were stopped in Saltash on Friday with what were described as "German-made pyrotechnics".

Officers say with bonfire night approaching they want to underline the fact that it is illegal for under-18s to have fireworks. It is also illegal for shopkeepers to sell fireworks to anyone under 18.

In the run-up to November 5, Devon and Cornwall Police will be enforcing regulations about the use and possession of fireworks.

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Anyone suspected of being in possession of illegal fireworks can be subject to a stop and search, and fixed penalty notices or fines can be issued.

Neighbourhood policing Inspector Paul Morgan said: "Bonfire night is no excuse for crime and antisocial behaviour.

"We want everyone to have an enjoyable fireworks night but remember that fireworks are dangerous and need to be handled properly, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

"Fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage."

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  • robocop1982  |  October 31 2012, 5:15PM

    I used to use fireworks my parents bought me when i was 10 but would always obey safety rules and procedures and always used them in a safe area even in outdoor areas like fields. This is going too far and taking away youngsters freedom. THe fact they don't have confidence in somebody simply because of age. Your mentally fully developed at 14 almost. I can't believe how lacking in confidence this government are.

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  • Debris  |  October 31 2012, 3:22PM

    I think that the sale of fireworks to the public should be made ilegal. Only people trained in pyrotechnics should be allowed to purchase them and people should go to organised displays only. This way it would combat people being terrorised by having them put through their letterboxes, it would stop children geting their hands on them and hurting themselves & others. And it would be safer for animals (both wildlife & pets) who suffer distress at this time of year.

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  • Incredulous2  |  October 31 2012, 10:25AM

    josdave - where in the article does it say anything to indicate that the parents had any knowledge of this - or funded it? A number of 13/14 year olds smoke, without their parents knowledge and without their parents funding the habit! Teenagers are often ingenious - in positive and negative ways.

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  • josdave  |  October 31 2012, 10:02AM

    Says a lot about the parents as they clearly knew about it and may even have given them the money for it. As one who fails to see the attraction of fireworks I think unless there are organised displays it is a waste of money.

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