410 years since the most famous plot to overthrow the Government, we take a look at the laws that you need to know this Guy Fawkes Night…
So, as you gear up for another night of bright lights, fantastic shows and your dog barking at the window to every rocket that is sent up into the night sky for our entertainment, if you are planning your own little party in the back garden there are certain rules and regulations that you need to bear in mind.
The most obvious of these is that you are not allowed to set off fireworks between the hours of 11pm to 7am, except for special occasions. Bonfire night is one of those occasions and the deadline is therefore extended until midnight.
However, if you are caught setting off fireworks between midnight and 7am on 6th November you could be in trouble!
It is illegal to set off fireworks in the street or in public places, as it is only considered safe to set off fireworks on private land.
The police have the power to impose an on the spot fine of £90. Where the conduct is more serious (for example, a large private party) a higher fine can be imposed.
Only adults may purchase fireworks and only from a licensed provider.
When building your own bonfire remember that althought there are no specific regulations, you should not burn household waste as it may cause pollution. You could also be fined if you light a fire and allow the smoke to drift across the road and become a danger to traffic.
“Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.”
We at Linskills just ask that you enjoy yourself on Thursday night and that you remember it for all the right reasons.
Joe Woodyatt is a paralegal at Linskills.
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