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Remember, remember, to be safe this 5th November

Officers will be out and about to help ensure Bonfire Night activities pass off safely and without alarm or distress being caused to nearby residents.

On the run up to Bonfire Night we have been asking retailers to display posters highlighting that they can’t sell fireworks to under 18’s and ensuring retailers know the legislation.

It is an offence for anybody under the age of 18 to have a firework in a public place or for anyone to throw a firework. We will also look to take action against anyone causing alarm or distress to people through their use of fireworks.

people watching fireworks

Contacting us - Bonfire Night

If anyone does experience crime or incidents on the night these can be reported through our website, via our secure online crime reporting form, or on the non-emergency number 101. If it’s an emergency – with someone at risk of being hurt or if a crime is happening there and then – this should be reported on 999.

Bonfire Night can be busier than usual in the call centre and people are advised to check our advice pages for information or to consider submitting non-urgent enquiries online via our online general enquiries form, or call at an alternative time where possible.

Please be aware that the law surrounding the cut-off point for fireworks extends from 11pm to midnight on Bonfire Night.

“…allowing everyone to get into the spirit of the occasion and have a fun and safe time."

Supt Peter Warren said: "Bonfire Night is a particularly busy time of the year for the police with lots of large scale events and an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour related calls.

The majority of revellers are out to have fun and not cause trouble but no one should accept being made to feel harassed, alarmed or distressed and, if this does happen, we can be contacted online or by calling us on 101. In an emergency call 999. 

We aim to provide reassurance and support so people living in our communities feel safe whilst allowing everyone to get into the spirit of the occasion and have a fun and safe time."

Visit GOV.UK to read about the law around fireworks and displays.

Tips for staying safe this Bonfire Night:

  • If you plan to celebrate on November 5, make sure your bonfire is a safe distance from any property, hedges or fences and that you have a water supply nearby in case something goes wrong
  • Let neighbours know your plans, to reduce the risk of the fire service getting called out as a false alarm
  • Don’t leave paper or card recycling or any other flammable rubbish out in view of the street
  • Don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, like a van or a temporary, unlicensed market stall
  • Only buy fireworks with European CE markings – this is the European Standard that all fireworks should meet (a reputable shop will know this)
  • Follow the instructions on each firework – read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame
  • Make suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets on the night

Visit Avon Fire and Rescue or Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for more advice.