Laws tightened on 'cheap' firework sales

New rules unveiled today will ban air bombs and other cheap 'pocket money' fireworks that "anti-social louts" commonly use on streets and housing estates, according to the government.

Air bombs and mini rockets have already been removed from the market by the fireworks industry, and new regulations announced today further tighten their definition and supply.

Retailers will also be required to request proof-of-age if they suspect a customer attempting to buy any firework is under 18 years of age.

A 12-week consultation on the proposals will run until 23 April.

Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said the regulations would ensure fireworks "do not get into the wrong hands".

"By making it harder for under 18s to get hold of them and other fireworks, we are continuing to tackle the issue of firework safety and their anti social use - stopping young people being a danger to themselves and others," he said.


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