With Bonfire Night approaching, fireworks are lighting up the sky and explosions can be heard all around.
It is sparking an explosive debate over whether fireworks should be available to the public.
Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s announced that it will no longer sell fireworks last week – and there are some calling for other shops to follow suit.
A fire authority argues that fireworks should not be sold to the public, saying that the “effectively small explosive devices” can fall into the wrong hands.
However, Jacob Rees-Mogg says that people who are calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks are “socialists who have no fun”.
Paul Kirton, the chair of Teesside’s fire authority, said that shops should selling fireworks to the public, Teeside Live reports.
The councillor praised Sainsbury’s decision to no longer sell fireworks at any of its 2,300 UK branches, urging other retailers to follow their lead.
Kirton said: “Fireworks are effectively small explosive devices and the fact that they are freely available for members of the public to purchase, who may have no experience or little knowledge of how to operate safely causes concern.
“We know that because fireworks are available they inevitably fall into the wrong hands causing incidents including personal injury, damage to vehicles and property fires.”
He added: “Selling fireworks is also costly for retailers who have to have them locked away and carry out ID checks for every purchase so a ban would save retailers resources and demonstrate a commitment to keeping their communities safe.”
MPs have called for the government to either look at banning the sale of fireworks, or allow the devolved nations to decide their own fireworks laws.
However, Jacob Rees-Mogg believes that a fireworks ban would make the government “po-faced enders of fun”, ITV News reports.
Rees-Mogg said: “We’ve got to, as I said before, have a balance.
“And people enjoy fireworks and we don’t want to be po-faced enders of fun for one and all, we want to allow our constituents to do things that they enjoy.
“And therefore, I’m not in favour of extending regulations at every opportunity.”
He added: “We could ban absolutely everything and have no fun, which is basically what socialists always want to do.”
It is against the law for under-18s to buy ‘adult’ fireworks. They are classified as category 2 and 3 fireworks, which are intended for outdoor use in areas such as small gardens or fielda.
According to Gov.uk, these fireworks do not include things like party poppers. Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.
Fireworks can only be bought from registered sellers for private use between October 15 and November 10, December 26 and December 31, and three days before the Chinese New Year and Diwali.
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It is illegal to set fireworks off between 11pm and 7am in the UK, except on certain occasions. They are allowed to be set off until midnight on Bonfire Night (November 5), and the cut off for New Year’s Eve, Diwali and the Chinese New Year is 1am (on the following day).
It is also prohibited to set off fireworks, including sprinklers, in the street or in a public place.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. On-the-spot fines of £90 can also be issued.