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11:20am 5th November 2012
(Updated 11:20am 5th November 2012)

Extra police patrols are being layed on to crack down on kids buying fireworks in Cornwall.

Officers think anti-social behaviour could spike because Bonfire Night has fallen at the end of half-term.

Chief Inspector Jim Gale said: "It can be a great temptation to use fireworks and engage in behaviour that really amounts to anti-social behaviour and can be very, very dangerous too.

"There are a number of other offences too for instance setting off fireworks in the street, launching fireworks at anti-social hours, that type of thing. These are all offences which my officers will be keeping a keen eye out for."

Devon and Cornwall Police says it will be enforcing regulations about the use and possession of fireworks.
Officers can stop and search anyone they suspect may have prohibited fireworks and issue fines or fixed penalty notices to people who throw fireworks in the street.
Shopkeepers who sell fireworks to under 18s and anyone who uses or possesses them illegally could find themselves facing a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence.

Rospa Firework Top Ten Safety Code for Adults:

Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

  •     Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  •     Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  •     Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  •     Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  •     Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  •     Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  •     Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  •     Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  •     Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  •     Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
11:20am 5th November 2012

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