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Reminder issued about fireworks displays 5 November 2008

Fireworks over the Villa MarinaMEMBERS of the public are being urged to enjoy this evening’s (Wednesday) Bonfire Night celebrations in a safe and responsible manner.

A series of high-profile community patrols will be carried out by police officers and firefighters in a bid to combat the irresponsible use of fireworks. A number of hot-spot areas will be targeted as part of a joint campaign aimed at reducing the risk of injuries and the nuisance caused to local residents and domestic animals. Members of the Island’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams have warned that any anti-social behaviour could lead to a prosecution.

People have also been reminded that fireworks cannot be set off after Friday, November 7. Consequently, any bonfire parties scheduled to take place this Friday that are disrupted by inclement weather cannot be rearranged for the following night (Saturday, November 8) unless previously notified to the Department of Home Affairs. Anybody who has organised an event for Saturday night is being urged to bring it forward to avoid falling foul of the law.

Clubs, charities and organisations can apply to be included on a list exempting them from providing official notification of future fireworks displays. Applications will be considered by the Department of Home Affairs and forms can be downloaded at http://www.gov.im/dha/ceo/fireworks.xml

Further information is available from Claire Newall, Legislation Executive, Department of Home Affairs, 88 Woodbourne Road, Douglas, IM2 3AP. Contact 694323 or email claire.newall@gov.im

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