Organisers of Bonfire Night parties could face damages claims if anyone is injured, warns a Leamington solicitor.

Lois Harrison, Principal Associate at Leamington law firm Blythe Liggins, said there were potential serious legal implications of such accidents happening.

This is because party hosts are legally responsible for injuries caused by sub-standard fireworks, poor storage, or failure to maintain an adequate distance from the display.

Also, Lois warned that fireworks, although visually impressive, have the potential to damage neighbouring properties if proper controls are not put in place.

Retailers who sell fireworks or sparklers to children under 18 year of age may also find that sparks fly.

Other firework considerations to remember is that it is against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm or 7am except on certain occasions, Bonfire Night being one of them, when the cut off is midnight.

Lois said: “Hosting your own bonfire party can be fun, however, it may be best to avoid getting your fingers burned by going to a public display.

“Months of planning and organisation go into a properly organised event, so the safest bet is to attend one of these which should ensure a safe and fun evening for all.”

For more information on Blythe Liggins, call 01926 831231 or visit www.blytheliggins.co.uk. 

CAPTION:  Lois Harrison from Blythe Liggins warns bonfires may spark compensation claims.

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