As bonfire night approaches, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind and warn local parents and young people of the dangers of fireworks.
Two students and one ex-student from the same school in the Tyne and Wear area have all sustained firework related injuries over the last few days.
Using fireworks in a public place is illegal, and carries an on the spot fine of £80.
Young people should be advised never to hold a lighted firework in the hand, or to throw fireworks.
The video, Scarred for Life, which features true stories of local children who have been badly injured by fireworks, can be viewed on the following link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR-0CCLfEno
Concerns are also being raised that some young people may be purchasing fireworks from unofficial, unlicensed sources. This is both illegal and dangerous. These fireworks often do not comply with safety standards, and can have a much shorter fuse, which increases the risk of injury.
Bonfire Campaign 2016 – Scarred For Life