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Firework safety: Top tips

Fireworks will mark the start of 2013 across the Midlands Credit: PA

If you're using fireworks or attending a fireworks display this New Year's Eve, here's a few tips to keeping safe:

Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper.

Always have an adult supervising firework activities.

Never place your body directly over fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven't fully ignited.

Never throw fireworks.

Douse used fireworks with plenty of water to prevent a trash fire.

Fireworks on sale Credit: PA

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Warning against unlicensed fireworks purchases

People in Leicester are being warned against purchasing unlicensed fireworks Credit: PA

People in Leicester are being advised to buy fireworks from licensed shops.

Last year damaged and dangerous goods were illegally sold around housing estates from vans last year in the county.

Leicestershire Police are warning against any deals which appear significantly cheaper than usual.