Keep safe this Bonfire Night

Help to ensure safe celebrations to mark bonfire night has been unveiled by Derbyshire County Council.

They have launched a public register of authorised firework stores so consumers can check which outlets are licensed.

Four specialist outlets are licensed to sell fireworks all year round – but other fireworks retailers can only sell them from October 15 to November 10.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, DCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Consumers can check our register to ensure that they’re buying fireworks from an outlet which is licensed and has been safety checked.

Fireworks should not be sold from vehicles, market stalls or car boot sales.

“We are determined to stamp out illegal sales and would encourage members of the public to report anyone they think may be breaking the law.

“Fireworks supplied by unauthorised dealers may have failed safety checks and could be dangerous.”

“We want to make sure that everyone has a safe and successful bonfire celebration.

A list of licensed outlets is now available at the county council’s website – www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fireworks - or from Call Derbyshire 08456 058 058.

The county council is urging the public to remember the Firework Safety Code when using fireworks.

Complaints about firework misuse in public places should be reported to the police – this includes the use of fireworks during the banned ‘night hours’ of 11pm to 7am, except on November 5 when the curfew begins at midnight.

Retailer advice and the Firework Safety Code can also be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fireworks.