9 October 2014
Justice Minister David Ford has reminded the public that anyone wishing to use fireworks requires a fireworks licence.
Applications for the use of fireworks over the Halloween period must be submitted to the Department of Justice by Friday 24 October 2014.
The Minister said: ''The law is very clear. For safety purposes, a licence is required to buy, possess, sell and use fireworks. It is therefore an offence to proceed without one. Applications are very straightforward and my Department will process them as quickly as possible, but people should submit their application in good time.''
The Minister highlighted the risks involved in buying fireworks from anyone but a registered supplier. He said: ''Please do not be tempted to buy fireworks from anywhere other than a supplier who is registered by the Department of Justice. It is a risk that is not worth taking. Buying fireworks from illegal sources is dangerous. Not only are you gambling with the safety of your family and friends but you could face prosecution for breaking the law.''
David Ford added: ''Registered suppliers must display their licence or certificate. Complying with the law and the fireworks safety code is vital. Halloween is meant to be an enjoyable time and so that the fun is not taken out of it, I ask everyone to act responsibly.''
'I would encourage anyone who has any information about the illegal sale of fireworks to report it to the PSNI or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.'
Licence applications and a list of retailers licensed to sell fireworks are available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/fireworks. Application forms are also available by telephoning 0300 200 7881 or directly from a registered retailer.
The licence fee where there are less than 100 spectators is £30; for 100 to 1000 spectators is £80 and for more than 1000 spectators is £160.
If you're planning festivities around Halloween this year have a look at at the advice from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. Follow the fire safety code and make your party one to remember for an evening of fun.