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  Night time fireworks ban starting
Updated 06 August 2004, 08.19
Fireworks display
A night time ban on letting off fireworks starts from this weekend.

The government's bringing in a curfew which stops anyone using fireworks from 11pm to 7am. Anyone breaking the rules faces a hefty fine or even a jail term.

The new measures also make it illegal for anyone under 18 to carry fireworks in public places.

The ban will be lifted for special occasions such as Diwali, Guy Fawkes night or New Year's Eve, but there will still be strict time limits.

For example, New Year displays will have to be over by 1am.

It's part of a scheme to cut down on anti-social behaviour.

Annoyed

But animal charity the RSPCA thinks more should have been done to limit the noise made by fireworks.

It's annoyed because so many animals get distressed or injured by fireworks each year.

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