Guernsey firework regulations to be reviewed

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Firework displays in Guernsey could be restricted to organised displays, Deputy Kevin Stewart has said.

Limiting fireworks to "a couple of days either side" of Guy Fawkes night would also be considered as part of a review into their use, he added.

Although sales are restricted to a time frame around 5 November there is no limit on when they can be used.

"Two weeks of letting off fireworks is now really getting on everyone's wick," said Deputy Stewart.

"It is now, clearly, causing a huge inconvenience to many islanders," he added.

The public sale of fireworks in Guernsey is only permitted in the days leading up to 5 November and only people aged 20 and above can buy them.

However, there is no legal restriction on when they can be used.

Richard Brown, the States' health and safety officer, made a plea in October that residents should let off fireworks only on bonfire night itself, so as not to cause distress to pets.

The Commerce and Employment Department, which has responsibility for the licensing of all explosives, including fireworks, is carrying out the review.

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