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Consultation paper issued on 24 April 2004 under Fireworks Act.

April 2004

The latest paper covering the remaining measures for which the Fireworks Act gave enabling powers (The Fireworks Regulations 2004) has been issued and is available for consultation. Extensive coverage of this will be given in issue 46 of Fireworks.

It covers measures for a curfew, restrictive sales periods etc., a crackdown on illegal sales and importation, and the licensing of retailers.

The new regulations incorporate the The Fireworks Regulations 2003, issued in December 2003 under emergency powers of the Fireworks Act.

These forbad the use of fireworks in a public place by those under 18. They also forbad use by the public of Category 4 (display) fireworks. The new Regulations affect all aspects of shop (and small display) firework use.

Full details of the earlier Regulations, now incorporated, can be found in issue 45 of Fireworks. Obtainable by placing a subscription.

In addition, the consultation period has ended for the Fireworks (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2004. The 'air bomb ban' and 'mini rocket ban', introduced voluntarily by the British Firework Industry, are confirmed by these Regulations, which also tighten up the definition of air bombs and mini rockets to prevent some traders getting round the ban.

In addition the Fireworks (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 strengthen retailers' obligation to check to see if customers are over 18. Previously it had only been necessary to consider whether the purchaser was 'apparently' over the age of eighteen.

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