Man fined for firing rocket

A BLUNDERING Barnsley man who illegally fired a rocket over the town's police station in the early hours has been fined £80.

Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 11:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 2:22 pm

The firework exploded over the police station in Churchfield and, when officers went to investigate, another rocket shot up into the air and exploded above the road.

Police went into the backyard of a nearby property where they found a 36-year-old man and two of his friends.

All three were warned about the law regarding letting off fireworks, and the man was given an 80 fixed penalty fine.

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Pc Ady Waites said today: “Bonfire Night is fast approaching and the public are reminded about the dangers and the laws regarding the use of fireworks.

“The police will deal robustly with individuals who act irresponsibly and who commit fireworks offences.”

It is illegal for anyone to set light to fireworks during ‘night hours’, from 11pm to 7am. The only exception is on ‘Permitted Firework Nights’ which include November 5, when an extra hour is granted.