Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Penny for the Guy

Please do not emulate £200,000 per week football players by letting off fireworks from INSIDE your house. It will catch fire and you probably don’t have the sort of petty cash they do to rebuild when the Insurance doesn’t pay out.

Far better to attend an organised display. There will be plenty. Including the local Wanstead Rugby Club, which is not in Wanstead but Roding Lane North and one which is in Wanstead on Wanstead Flats both on Saturday 5th November. There is also one on the Friday 4th November at the Barkingside Recreation Ground organised by Barnardo’s including a children’s display before the main adult event, though it is not clear where they draw the line between child and adult (see below). The one on Wanstead flats will be choreographed to an inter-galactic soundtrack of space themed music including the themes from ET and Star Wars. Poo! Now if it was Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds ….

Here’s some advice from the local Police Neighbourhood Watch Team:

It is illegal for persons under the age of 18 to buy or use fireworks in a public area. If you suspect shops are selling to children under this age then please report to Police. Please take every precaution to ensure safety not only to yourselves but to others around you.

It is an offence to:

  • possess adult fireworks (all fireworks except party poppers and sparklers) in a public place by anyone under the age of 18
  • possess category 4 fireworks (professional display fireworks) by anyone other than a fireworks professional
  • it is illegal to supply adult fireworks to those under 18
  • Curfew on the use of adult fireworks between 11pm to 7am

  • Bonfire night 12midnight to 7am
  • New Years Eve 1am to 7am
  • Chinese New Year 1am to 7am
  • Diwali night 1am to 7am
Fireworks can be used between 7am and 11pm but you could also commit offences if you were to use them in such a manner as to cause a nuisance.

It is an offence to throw or set off fireworks in any highway, street, thoroughfare or public space.

Hopefully we will have a peaceful and safe time over the next couple of weeks. More information can be found on either the Met Police website or the Redbridge i website.
So, a 16 year old can legally endulge in buggery, get married, have babies married or not, get a council flat, get a job [sic!], pay tax, join the armed forces; but they can’t vote, buy or use fireworks, buy tobacco or alcohol or drive a car. Strange old world innit?


  1. I think it's still illegal to bugger a youth under 18, despite various campaigns to lower the age.

    As for teenage girls, there are no laws to stop them being lesbians. Bit sexist, what?

  2. Its only illegal if you are over 18 or an MP

  3. There is no law against bondage. Gives you an idea of what MPs love best.