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  RSPCA want firework noise limit
Updated 02 November 2004, 20.52
Fireworks display
The RSPCA want a limit on how noisy fireworks can be, to protect animals from being scared by the loud bangs.

They're asking for pictures and films of pets upset by fireworks, so they can send them on to the government and prove fireworks are too loud.

At present, people can buy fireworks as loud as a jet taking off, but the animal charity want to cut that to the sound of a car door slamming.

Any pictures or films should be sent to: FireworksExperiences@rspca.org.uk.

Fact File
RSPCA bonfire night guidelines
Keep pets away from fireworks
Keep all pets indoors
Close curtains to stop flashes
Turn TV on to mask noise
Build bonfires as late as possible
Check bonfires for hedgehogs
Tag pets so you can identify them if they run away
In 2004, the RSPCA got 131 calls about animals affected by fireworks between 1 October and 1 November.

They're releasing a film in cinema to ask the public to buy quieter fireworks in cinemas

They have asked local authorities to call for powers to set maximum noise levels on fireworks

So far, 53 authorities have signed, and more are expected after Bonfire Night.

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