I don’t want to be a ‘party pooper’ but I do feel the letting off fireworks around November 5 has got out of hand. When I was a boy one collected fireworks for a weeks before but did not let them off until November 5 which is the designated day to mark the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. However today they are being let off at least two weeks before and often two weeks after. For people who have pets this is a nightmare having to cope with animals who are often terrified by fireworks particularly noisy ones. The rules about letting off fireworks are that on the 5th they can be let off up to midnight but on other days 11pm is the deadline. Having said this, on Saturday the 7th fireworks were still being let off after midnight but one supposes that although the law was being broken it is a low priority and nothing was or will be done about it.
Fireworks are a money-spinning business and the people who have to endure the constant bangs are not considered. Let’s go back to November 5 and stop all this business of the weekend before and the weekend after.
Upper Horsebridge, Hailsham
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