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Police warn about letting off fireworks after midnight

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On Bonfire Night, fireworks are permitted until midnight. On Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year this is extended until 1am

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Anybody letting off fireworks at other times can face a range of penalties. This could range from a substantial fine to imprisonment

Firefighters warn 'follow the firework code'

Fire and Rescue services across the Midlands are urging people to be aware of the risks posed while celebrating bonfire night this evening.

Chris Ennis, of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, told ITV News Central it is important that people enjoy bonfire night but also remember to follow the firework code.

Read more: Firework code: how to enjoy the night safely

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Bonfire Night safety campaign launched

A campaign which aims to keep young people safe on Bonfire Night is taking place across Staffordshire.

Operation Good Guy demonstrates the dangers that fireworks and bonfires can pose.

Bonfire Night safety campaign launched Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will visit schools across the county to deliver the presentation.

Top tips on staying safe for Bonfire Night

Looking forward to Bonfire Night on 5 November? ITV Central is on hand to provide you with the top tips to stay safe and have fun!

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to children under five
  • Buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Always follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light at arm's length using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • NEVER go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep pets indoors

Why do you see fireworks before hearing them? Plus other facts about Bonfire Night

With Bonfire Night approaching the Fire Service is urging people to celebrate safely.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say the highest number of injuries happen at private firework parties.

“It’s important to be educated about the dangers of bonfires and fireworks so you can celebrate safely. We encourage people to attend organised bonfires and fireworks displays instead of holding your own party as organised events are much safer plus more enjoyable for the whole family."

– Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
  • A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius - that's 20 times the boiling point of water.
  • Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
  • A rocket can reach 150 miles an hour.
  • A firework shell can go as high as 200 metres.
  • Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.
  • Why do you see the explosion before hearing it? The sound travels at 742 mph but light travels 670,616,625.6 mph.

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