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Fireworks guidelines

Safe and considerate firework code

Wyre Forest District Council has a safe and considerate code regarding the use of fireworks.

Firework displays on any of our parks and open spaces should have an appointed professional organisation to set up, set off and dispose of all fireworks in a supervised and safe area.

Firework displays need to be organised with consideration to the impact on local residents and animals. The Hirer needs to therefore consider using silent, low noise or quiet fireworks.

The Hirer should also contact local residents to let them know of the intention of the forthcoming firework display. 

The Hirer should read and follow the guidance below:-

Fireworks: the law - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Staying safe with fireworks - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Firework safety - RoSPA

The RSPCA is raising awareness of the impact of fireworks on animals including pets and you are encouraged to consider how any display you are planning can minimise or avoid impacts on animals.

BangOutOfOrder Toolkit .docx (rspca.org.uk)

The RSPCA has produced some specific guidance for pet owners about how to keep pets safe during fireworks

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks | RSPCA

There are legal restrictions on the purchase and use of fireworks that are set by Parliament or Government. No one under the age of 18 may purchase or carry fireworks. The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

Fireworks may not be let off between 11pm and 7am (other than Bonfire Night, when displays must end by midnight and New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when they must end by 1am).

Areas of public open space, such as parks and nature reserves, should not be used for the release of fireworks unless you have obtained the agreement in advance of the relevant landowner (which will be Wyre Forest District Council or one of the town councils). The same would apply to any land that you do not own: you need the landowner’s permission in advance.

If you need to report mis-selling or misuse of fireworks, please see information from West Mercia Police

Fireworks | West Mercia Police

Report fireworks creating unwanted noise and causing a nuisance | West Mercia Police

Complaints about nuisance caused by noise or bonfires can be raised with Worcestershire Regulatory Services but please read their guidance first:

Noise | Worcestershire Regulatory Services (worcsregservices.gov.uk)

Bonfires | Worcestershire Regulatory Services (worcsregservices.gov.uk)

Hirers of our open spaces will be asked to sign a declaration confirming they have read and agree to operate the firework display with due care, safety and with consideration to the guidelines above.

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