BONFIRE Night is fast approaching and Brits will be getting their fireworks, firewood and Guy Fawkes effigies together ahead of the big night next month.
But remember, remember that you could be slapped with a fine if you fail to stick to the laws surrounding the festive evening.
One such law is that it’s illegal to set off fireworks after midnight on Bonfire Night – and people still sending up rockets after 12:01 am could be faced with a £5,000 fine.
Though it’s normally illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, the evening cut-off is extended to midnight on November 5.
And there are only three other times a year when the usual firework-free period is extended to 1am: New Year’s Eve, the Hindu festival of Diwali (November 2018) and Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).
Local councils are allowed to make their own rules on fireworks but they vary widely from one authority to the next.
And the consequences for breaking fireworks laws are pretty hefty.
As well as the £5,000 fine, you could be sent to prison for six months and be given an on-the-spot fine of £90.
That goes for people illegally selling fireworks too – including sparklers.
Fireworks must be sold by a registered vendor for private use to someone at least 18-years-old between either 15 October – 10 November or 26 – 31 December.
They can also be sold in the three days leading up to both Diwali and Chinese New Year.
But it’s not just fireworks that you need to be wary of.
Although there’s no strict law against having a bonfire in your garden, there are laws concerning the “nuisance” that bonfires can cause.
For example, you can’t get rid of household waste “if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health”, which includes burning it on a bonfire.
And you could also be fined if the smoke from your bonfire drifts across a public road and becomes a danger to traffic.
Your council can additionally issue “abatement notices” if a neighbour complained that your bonfire was causing a nuisance, but the bonfire has to happen “frequently” to be considered a nuisance.
Failure to comply with an abatement notice could result in a £5,000 fine.