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  Fireworks clampdown for under-18s
Updated 22 December 2003, 08.43
Fireworks on sale
Under-18s are banned from having fireworks in public places under a new law that came into force on Monday.

It's part of a crackdown to help drive "loutish behaviour off the streets", says the government.

The new law also forbids members of the public from buying the most powerful fireworks of the kind used in professional displays.

Other measures, including curfews on firework use, are due to come into force next year.

The Firework Act 2003 comes into effect just days ahead of New Year's Eve.

More and more people have been celebrating the New Year with fireworks since the major displays of Millennium Eve.

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opening quoteI can't see how the police will always be able to fine the kids that let off fireworks, as they aren't always going to be there when it happens.closing quote
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