Woman injured after being hit by firework in Blackburn

Woman taken to hospital after being hit by firework in Blackburn

Woman taken to hospital after being hit by firework in Blackburn

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A WOMAN escaped serious harm after being hit by a firework thrown by a gang of youths.

Ambulance crews were called to Mill Lane in Blackburn town centre at around 12.50pm yesterday, where they found a woman, believed to be around 65, with cuts to her shin.

Three youths were seen fleeing towards Jubilee Street and are being hunted by police.

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The woman was treated in the street, which is home to several industrial units, before being taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, a North West Ambulance spokeswoman said.

Her injuries are not believed to be serious. Fire service spokesman John Taylor said crews from Blackburn were also called to the scene but were not needed.

He said: “A woman was hit on the shin by a firework thrown by children, suffering small cuts. It clearly had potential to do a lot of damage and, from a fire point of view, it can and has started fires.

“It’s not funny. It’s positively dangerous and that’s not finger wagging for no reason but borne out of my experience of fires and injuries over the years.”

A police spokeswoman said: “There might have been somebody around the area at that time who has valuable information. If anyone saw three youths making off towards the town centre, I would ask them to get in touch.”

A CCTV camera could also hold vital clues. Call 101 quoting log number 0549 of 18 August with any information, or report it anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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2:03pm Tue 19 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

Sounds like the kids are getting bored, it's time to shorten the summer holiday.
Sounds like the kids are getting bored, it's time to shorten the summer holiday. onsidecobra
  • Score: 18

2:36pm Tue 19 Aug 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

WHERE they get fireworks this time of year.. bonfire night several months away. there been lots of fire works lately.. what now, is it some ones birthday
WHERE they get fireworks this time of year.. bonfire night several months away. there been lots of fire works lately.. what now, is it some ones birthday :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 14

3:56pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Catwoman2005 says...

Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong
Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong Catwoman2005
  • Score: 15

6:57pm Tue 19 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Catwoman2005 wrote:
Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong
Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:-
(a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them,
(b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people,
(c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves.

Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???
[quote][p][bold]Catwoman2005[/bold] wrote: Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong[/p][/quote]Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:- (a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them, (b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people, (c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves. Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT??? AnthonyUK
  • Score: 4

10:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Catwoman2005 wrote:
Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong
Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:-
(a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them,
(b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people,
(c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves.

Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???
Happy 44th birthday mate.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwoman2005[/bold] wrote: Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong[/p][/quote]Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:- (a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them, (b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people, (c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves. Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???[/p][/quote]Happy 44th birthday mate. ikap22
  • Score: 7

3:05am Wed 20 Aug 14

Catwoman2005 says...

ikap22 wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Catwoman2005 wrote:
Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong
Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:-
(a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them,
(b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people,
(c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves.

Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???
Happy 44th birthday mate.
I completely agree with u what u have said and i am glad u had a good bash, although u are one of a very small amount of people who did use fireworks properly, but were i live i am scared to walk out my house especially around bonfire weeks as it is scary when kids get there hands on them, they use fireworks as target practice, and i still believe a ban on fireworks would still be safer even if it did open them up to the blackmarket, coz there is a blackmarket on almost anything and hopefully the police would just crack down on fireworks the same way they do with drugs etc, and i know it spoils it for people like u but u and a lot of other people can still enjoy fireworks safely at a firework display. There is another reason why i am saying this to, personally i do believe they are a waste of money as well i mean u might as well just roll £20 £30 £50 up and send that shooting up into the air your just blowing up money really, sorry to be boring but i just say stick with the sparklers, they are safer and cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwoman2005[/bold] wrote: Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong[/p][/quote]Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:- (a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them, (b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people, (c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves. Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???[/p][/quote]Happy 44th birthday mate.[/p][/quote]I completely agree with u what u have said and i am glad u had a good bash, although u are one of a very small amount of people who did use fireworks properly, but were i live i am scared to walk out my house especially around bonfire weeks as it is scary when kids get there hands on them, they use fireworks as target practice, and i still believe a ban on fireworks would still be safer even if it did open them up to the blackmarket, coz there is a blackmarket on almost anything and hopefully the police would just crack down on fireworks the same way they do with drugs etc, and i know it spoils it for people like u but u and a lot of other people can still enjoy fireworks safely at a firework display. There is another reason why i am saying this to, personally i do believe they are a waste of money as well i mean u might as well just roll £20 £30 £50 up and send that shooting up into the air your just blowing up money really, sorry to be boring but i just say stick with the sparklers, they are safer and cheaper. Catwoman2005
  • Score: 1

7:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Catwoman2005 wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Catwoman2005 wrote:
Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong
Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:-
(a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them,
(b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people,
(c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves.

Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???
Happy 44th birthday mate.
I completely agree with u what u have said and i am glad u had a good bash, although u are one of a very small amount of people who did use fireworks properly, but were i live i am scared to walk out my house especially around bonfire weeks as it is scary when kids get there hands on them, they use fireworks as target practice, and i still believe a ban on fireworks would still be safer even if it did open them up to the blackmarket, coz there is a blackmarket on almost anything and hopefully the police would just crack down on fireworks the same way they do with drugs etc, and i know it spoils it for people like u but u and a lot of other people can still enjoy fireworks safely at a firework display. There is another reason why i am saying this to, personally i do believe they are a waste of money as well i mean u might as well just roll £20 £30 £50 up and send that shooting up into the air your just blowing up money really, sorry to be boring but i just say stick with the sparklers, they are safer and cheaper.
I don't like organised firework displays;they're are horrible affairs, 90% of ALL events today council run and non-council-run ban the use of sparklers and refuse to allow even if there is safety precautions they could take like a roped off area to use them in and bins to dispose of used wires, people are squashed into viewing crowded areas with strict horrible crowd control stewards, and the food and fairground rides are bleeding expensive as is the getting there and getting back, not to mention the upset from lost children etc. None of what of what I mention beat the fun and enjoyment of a well organised home display run by responsible adults like me (and there are plenty of them out there).

There are some good fireworks on the market today that can put on just a good a show as those public displays if you pick carefully;there are some new cracking European Standard CE fireworks on the market which are absolutely brilliant for back gardens suitable for 8m and 15m safety distances from Royal Party/Magnum Series and other brands which can put on an impressive show that is almost as good as public displays with spectacular effects brilliant duration and performance that are good enough to melt the heart of any Bonfire Night cynic.

The Govt refuses to ban the sale of fireworks because of the fears they have over a potential blackmarket replacing illegal sales and they also see that there IS a sensible majority who doesn't use fireworks stupidly and dangerous like myself.

I would rather clamp down on all year shops and seasonals that sell to underage by banning them no matter who they are from registering to sell fireworks ever again EVEN for one first offence, and I would rather prosecute the parents of the children who misuse the fireworks by prison sentence and locking up the children in secure care (as I've said why should the sensible majority who fireworks properly suffer at the hands of chavvy pigignorant moronic children who use fireworks in this way and lazy stupid parents who refuse to punish their children messing with fireworks?).

If I had kids who did this who were caught by the police they'd be slapped and punished and grounded (and I don't care what the dogooders on the anti-smacking fraternity say about it either-it's good to discipline your kids in this way when they have done wrong).

The old excuses the retailers often come up with to defend their explosives licences to sell fireworks of "my boss is on holiday in Poland or whatever", or "I didn't know the law" or "I can't speak English nor can my staff" or "I didn't train my staff to look at the ages of the person buying the fireworks or check for ID when they were buying them" wouldn't wash with me, and for a first offence that retailer would lose their explosives licence on the spot to store and sell fireworks to the public and get their stock confiscated and taken away immediately, it's what councils should be allowed to do to any retailer convicted of selling fireworks to underage children and those buying for underage children.

This action would send a strong warning and a strong deterrent out to ANY shop that sells fireworks of what would happen if they flout the laws on underage firework sales.
[quote][p][bold]Catwoman2005[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwoman2005[/bold] wrote: Like ive always said, i strongly believe that fireworks should be banned, or only sold to people who run firework displays and hold a liceince, you have to have a liceince to have guns well surely should be the same to have fireworks they are just as dangerous. If this was put in place i believe that there would be alot less accidents and save loads of money for the NHS. Fireworks are sold to easily to public and its wrong[/p][/quote]Problem is, a ban on the retail/mailorder sale and public use of fireworks only opens the floodgates to the blackmarket sale of deadly more lethal and potentially very dangerous import fireworks of unknown origin that would seriously injure or kill users who buy them also with the blackmarket in dangerous illegal import fireworks that would replace legal sales you couldn't easily stop it. I would rather the authorities and police prosecute the childrens' parents with a jail sentence and put their kids in secure care than ban fireworks for the sensible majority who use them correct safely and with proper care and don't do stupid things like this-to tar everybody with everybody with the same brush Catwoman2005 is most unfair indeed;on saturday just gone I put on a display at my mates farm in haslingden lancs using consumer cat3 retail display fireworks to celebrate my 44th Birthday, and I took some sensible precautions:- (a)Everyone was 25metres upwind of them, (b)All fireworks were set up securely (where required) so they didn't tip over and shoot at people, (c)I also wore personal protective equipment to do the display safely, a set of fire retardant overalls with flash hood, and a lumberjack helmet with visor and eardefenders, rigger boots and strong rigger gloves. Nobody got injured and a great night was had by all. Why should everybody who DOESNT USE FIREWORKS STUPIDLY SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF A SALES BAN AND USE OF FIREWORKS BAN JUST BECAUSE OF SOME IMBECILE CHILDREN WHO DON'T HANDLE FIREWORKS PROPERLY AND IGNORANT IMMATURE PARENTS WHO WON'T STOP THEM MISUSING FIREWORKS NOR PUNISH THEM FOR IT???[/p][/quote]Happy 44th birthday mate.[/p][/quote]I completely agree with u what u have said and i am glad u had a good bash, although u are one of a very small amount of people who did use fireworks properly, but were i live i am scared to walk out my house especially around bonfire weeks as it is scary when kids get there hands on them, they use fireworks as target practice, and i still believe a ban on fireworks would still be safer even if it did open them up to the blackmarket, coz there is a blackmarket on almost anything and hopefully the police would just crack down on fireworks the same way they do with drugs etc, and i know it spoils it for people like u but u and a lot of other people can still enjoy fireworks safely at a firework display. There is another reason why i am saying this to, personally i do believe they are a waste of money as well i mean u might as well just roll £20 £30 £50 up and send that shooting up into the air your just blowing up money really, sorry to be boring but i just say stick with the sparklers, they are safer and cheaper.[/p][/quote]I don't like organised firework displays;they're are horrible affairs, 90% of ALL events today council run and non-council-run ban the use of sparklers and refuse to allow even if there is safety precautions they could take like a roped off area to use them in and bins to dispose of used wires, people are squashed into viewing crowded areas with strict horrible crowd control stewards, and the food and fairground rides are bleeding expensive as is the getting there and getting back, not to mention the upset from lost children etc. None of what of what I mention beat the fun and enjoyment of a well organised home display run by responsible adults like me (and there are plenty of them out there). There are some good fireworks on the market today that can put on just a good a show as those public displays if you pick carefully;there are some new cracking European Standard CE fireworks on the market which are absolutely brilliant for back gardens suitable for 8m and 15m safety distances from Royal Party/Magnum Series and other brands which can put on an impressive show that is almost as good as public displays with spectacular effects brilliant duration and performance that are good enough to melt the heart of any Bonfire Night cynic. The Govt refuses to ban the sale of fireworks because of the fears they have over a potential blackmarket replacing illegal sales and they also see that there IS a sensible majority who doesn't use fireworks stupidly and dangerous like myself. I would rather clamp down on all year shops and seasonals that sell to underage by banning them no matter who they are from registering to sell fireworks ever again EVEN for one first offence, and I would rather prosecute the parents of the children who misuse the fireworks by prison sentence and locking up the children in secure care (as I've said why should the sensible majority who fireworks properly suffer at the hands of chavvy pigignorant moronic children who use fireworks in this way and lazy stupid parents who refuse to punish their children messing with fireworks?). If I had kids who did this who were caught by the police they'd be slapped and punished and grounded (and I don't care what the dogooders on the anti-smacking fraternity say about it either-it's good to discipline your kids in this way when they have done wrong). The old excuses the retailers often come up with to defend their explosives licences to sell fireworks of "my boss is on holiday in Poland or whatever", or "I didn't know the law" or "I can't speak English nor can my staff" or "I didn't train my staff to look at the ages of the person buying the fireworks or check for ID when they were buying them" wouldn't wash with me, and for a first offence that retailer would lose their explosives licence on the spot to store and sell fireworks to the public and get their stock confiscated and taken away immediately, it's what councils should be allowed to do to any retailer convicted of selling fireworks to underage children and those buying for underage children. This action would send a strong warning and a strong deterrent out to ANY shop that sells fireworks of what would happen if they flout the laws on underage firework sales. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 12

8:47am Wed 20 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Also i'd like to add that adults buying fireworks on behalf of under 18's for children should face the full force of the law through an immediate prison sentence not a mere fine and slap on the wrists and face blacklisting to ALL firework retailers so they NEVER get to buy fireworks ever again.
Also i'd like to add that adults buying fireworks on behalf of under 18's for children should face the full force of the law through an immediate prison sentence not a mere fine and slap on the wrists and face blacklisting to ALL firework retailers so they NEVER get to buy fireworks ever again. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 9

10:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

Good call says...

Should we also ban fertiliser?
Should we also ban fertiliser? Good call
  • Score: -4

6:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

I thought that fireworks were for Nov 5th but it seems they are used for weddings etc. Why?????????????????
? Ban them from sale anyway until 5 days before Nov5th! Anyone caught with them other that the allowed time should be shot! Simples
I thought that fireworks were for Nov 5th but it seems they are used for weddings etc. Why????????????????? ? Ban them from sale anyway until 5 days before Nov5th! Anyone caught with them other that the allowed time should be shot! Simples DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Wed 20 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

DoggydogNo1 wrote:
I thought that fireworks were for Nov 5th but it seems they are used for weddings etc. Why?????????????????

? Ban them from sale anyway until 5 days before Nov5th! Anyone caught with them other that the allowed time should be shot! Simples
You're a killjoy fireworks are used for lots of things outside nov5 and used sensibly and safely do not cause a problem at all-I had some last saturday for my 44th birthday at a mates farm (and it isn't up to you when people use them it is for govt to decide and they have NO plans to limit them to Nov 5 only so bogger off!!!)
[quote][p][bold]DoggydogNo1[/bold] wrote: I thought that fireworks were for Nov 5th but it seems they are used for weddings etc. Why????????????????? ? Ban them from sale anyway until 5 days before Nov5th! Anyone caught with them other that the allowed time should be shot! Simples[/p][/quote]You're a killjoy fireworks are used for lots of things outside nov5 and used sensibly and safely do not cause a problem at all-I had some last saturday for my 44th birthday at a mates farm (and it isn't up to you when people use them it is for govt to decide and they have NO plans to limit them to Nov 5 only so bogger off!!!) AnthonyUK
  • Score: -4

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