Residents in Buckinghamshire have been cautioned to refrain from using garden fireworks and instead opt for attending public Bonfire Night displays to prevent overburdening emergency services due to firework-related incidents, the bucks herald reports.
On November 5, 2023, individuals throughout Buckinghamshire will be engaging in the traditional practice of setting off fireworks and lighting bonfires in commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which sought to explode King James I of England in Parliament.
Nevertheless, the public has been strongly advised to participate in organized gatherings where appropriate safety measures are in place.
Councillor Robin Stuchbury, a member of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority, said that organized events are a safer choice compared to igniting fireworks in one’s garden.
He told the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service: “I would advise people to attend public displays where there is good safety, where you can enjoy something with other people.
“An organised event has the backing of an accredited organisation who will have taken all appropriate safety precautions and notified the principal authorities.”
The councillor also advised people to ensure they know how to use fireworks if they do plan on setting them off at home.
He said: “If you choose to use fireworks pleased read the instructions. If you choose to have a fire, remember that you have neighbours.
“It is much better to have attended an organised community event, but it is a free world. As a father I always took my children to the local display in Buckingham.
“What we don’t want is the emergency services to be overstretched because of fireworks. And always respect neighbours.”
t’s illegal to light fireworks from 11 pm to 7 am, with a few exceptions. On Bonfire Night, the cut off is until midnight, and on New Year’s Eve, Diwali, and Chinese New Year, it is until 1 am.
The Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service recommends buying fireworks for private use only from authorized shops if planned to use on your property.
There are multiple firework displays and bonfires organized in Buckinghamshire on November 4 and 5
Councillor Stuchbury suggests that attending public events might be a more affordable option for families with tight budgets as the festive season approaches.
He said: “It is probably a good thing to do with the current economic situation and the cost of living crisis.
“What you can be assured of is that you will see other people, have a shared safe experience and leave money in your bank account, because Christmas is coming up.”