On the spot fines for anyone letting off fireworks in a public place

FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to celebrate safely during the bonfire and firework period .

Around one thousand people are injured by fireworks every year in the UK.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service staff are visiting schools warning children about the dangers of playing with fireworks and the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Anyone under the age of 18 who is found in possession of a firework in a public place and anyone, of any age, who is caught setting off a firework between 11pm-7am, apart from on Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve or Diwali, can face an on-the-spot penalty of £80 or even a £5,000 fine and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

People caught throwing or setting off fireworks on any highway, street, thoroughfare or public place may face the same outcome.