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 Tuesday, 14 January, 2003, 11:47 GMT
Calls for fireworks to be banned
A firework
The city council will discuss the sale of fireworks
A potential ban on the sale of fireworks is to be discussed by Exeter City councillors.

Councillor Connel Boyle, who represents the St Thomas area of the city, wants the local authority to pave the way in restricting sales to the public.

According to Councillor Boyle people in the city are fed up with the never-ending firework season.

He is also calling for the licensing of public displays.

I don't think a ban is correct but I do think there should be restrictions

Mike Glover

"When I was younger there were many more firework displays around, getting people out of their back gardens and meeting the local community," he said.

"We've got a real opportunity here to actually raise money for local charities and community.

"I do feel we have lost the real reason for having Guy Fawkes' night as national celebration, it's just become firework season."

Mike Glover is the managing director of Sonic Fireworks in Broadclyst, and although opposed to a ban, does say that fireworks should be sold responsibly.

The business organises public displays as well as selling fireworks individually.

"I don't think a ban is correct but I do think there should be restrictions on the types of fireworks available for sale in the city centre and the way they are sold.

"The larger fireworks should only be sold to people with the space."


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