More limits needed on firework sales
You always know when November 5th is approaching by the fact you suddenly start hearing fireworks going off at 4 o'clock in the afternoon or at midnight. I love fireword displays and I think the whole Guy Fawkes thing is a tradition to savour and preserve. But the moden habit of kids terrorising neighbourhoods with fireworks in the wake of their previous week's halloween horrors, is one we could do without.
The government claims that the tightening up of the laws on selling fireworks two years ago has made significant improvements, but they ignore the fact that it has not sorted the problem of teenagers with fireworks. Clearly the law is not working.
I would personally favour a system them allows the sale of fireworks only to people with a certificate issued by the local authority stating they are running a legitimate professionally organised display. This would cut out 95% of illegal sales almost immediately.
A woman from Kings Lynn today handed in a petition to Downing Street that was signed by 135,000 people asking for only licensed displays to be sold fireworks. This shows the strength of feeling over this issue.
Unauthorised displays in people's gardens might be fun, I know, I've been to many in the past, but there are animal lovers, people with young children and many others who live in fear at this time of the year. There is also the problem faced by those who use guide dogs or hearing dogs, where they face extreme danger if their gods suddenly bolt if a firework goes of without warning.
I'm not a spoil sport and I like the whole Guy Fawkes night tradition, but fireworks are dangerous, the government could do much more, and I wish they would.