Bonfire Night is set to happen soon as families look forward to attending massive events in the West Midlands.
Last year, most of the events were completely canceled as the country was in Tier 4, which meant the UK was completely closed.
However, as the pandemic approaches and ends, people will flock to the events again – but not all will.
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Those who are concerned about contracting the coronavirus may consider holding a private event in their back yard with friends and family.
There are laws and regulations people should know before deciding whether to fire fireworks or start a campfire in their yard.
Here are all the rules and regulations you need to know about fireworks and bonfires.
The Law on Burning Fireworks
You cannot purchase adult fireworks if you are under the age of 18, and it is forbidden to set off fireworks between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, except on certain occasions.
Adult fireworks are Category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers.
Category 4 fireworks cannot be purchased by the public and are only allowed to be used by professionals.
The law states that you must not set off or throw any fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
You are not allowed to light any fireworks between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., except:
- Bonfire Nightwhen the cut-off is midnight
- New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Yearif the break is 1 a.m.
The law on lighting campfires
There are no laws against lighting campfires in your yard, but there are laws that will annoy your neighbors.
If you want to light a campfire, here are some things to keep in mind:
- When should you light your campfire?: While you can legally do this at any time of the day or night, it is common practice to schedule your campfire to burn at dusk. Early morning and early evening are the best times for a campfire.
- Let your neighbors know: While you can’t coordinate your campfire around all of your neighbors, if you let them know that you plan to light one, they can schedule their laundry or use their yard that day.
- Avoid burning wet or green matter: This almost certainly leads to excessive smoke annoying your neighbors. Most communities collect garden waste separately – or you can compost it.
- Do not burn straw or hay: This is a fire hazard and is prohibited by most councils.
- Do not burn rubber, oil, or plastic: This violates environmental laws. If it burns black, you shouldn’t burn it.
- It is against the law to allow smoke to be driven off on public roads. If so, you could be fined £ 5,000.
Make sure to light a campfire, speak to your neighbors about it, and speak to your local fire department to notify them in case they are accidentally called.
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