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Enjoy fireworks legally: Minister

By Fiona McIlwaine Biggins

As Halloween approaches the Ulster public are being reminded they must apply for a fireworks licence by October 19 to enjoy their festive garden displays.

Security Minister Paul Goggins MP highlighted that anyone who wants to purchase or use fireworks must have a licence.

And he added that those who sell fireworks without a licence will be vigorously pursued by the authorities.

Mr Goggins said: "People want to enjoy fireworks but the only way to do this safely and legally is with a fireworks licence from the Northern Ireland Office and to purchase your fireworks from an approved supplier."

The Minister also pointed out the role of parents and retailers in ensuring that children do not obtain fireworks illegally or partake in anti-social behaviour that can lead to serious injury or fear within communities.

"Last October I was so concerned about the misuse of fireworks that I set up a multi-agency task group to consider what action could be taken to improve the situation," he explained.

"As part of this work I will be launching a public safety awareness and enforcement campaign next week."

The fee for a fireworks licence is £30 and licence application forms are available from the Northern Ireland Office website or Firearms and Explosives Branch on (028) 9052 0592.

Completed forms should be submitted to Firearms and Explosives Branch by October 19 to allow time for processing.

For further guidance on the law and the firework safety code visit

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