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Apply For a Fireworks Licence and Keep Communities Safe at Halloween

If your Halloween celebrations involve fireworks this year, make sure you stay on the right side of the law by applying for a licence.

That was the message today from Justice Minister Naomi Long as she highlighted the need for people to act responsibly, comply with the law and use fireworks safely to help avoid related injuries.

Naomi Long said: “It is an offence to buy or be in possession of fireworks without a licence and applications for the Halloween period must be submitted in good time to ensure they can be processed.  Applications must be received by Friday, October 22.

“I urge families, communities and event organisers to do all they can to ensure Halloween is an enjoyable time for everyone. I know that Halloween is a time of celebration for many, however, fireworks can cause fear and distress especially amongst older people, people with sensory issues and more vulnerable members of the community. They can also have an adverse effect on pets and farm animals.

“I would also encourage people to consider purchasing low noise fireworks.”

It is also important to ensure that young people are kept safe and that they understand the risks of misusing fireworks. Most injuries and incidents could have been avoided if the firework code, which can be read on the nidirect website, had been followed.

Fireworks must be purchased from a supplier who has been registered by the Department of Justice. Please don’t be tempted to buy from illegal sources as not only could you face prosecution, but the products may not be safe. Registered retailers should be easily identified as they must display their licence or certificate of registration prominently at the point of sale.

Naomi Long said: “I encourage anyone who has information about the illegal sale and use of fireworks to contact the PSNI or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Licence applications and a list of retailers licensed to sell fireworks are available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/fireworks. Application forms are also available on nidirect  www.nidirect.gov.uk//articles/fireworks or directly from a registered retailer.

ENDS

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