POLICE in South Shields have arrested a boy for possessing a firework.
Officers were called to the Horsley Hill Square area at 9pm on Tuesday after reports that youngsters were throwing fireworks in the street.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested for possessing a firework.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson from Riverside and West Shields said: “Fireworks are dangerous and by law should not be in the hands of under 18s. We take this type of behaviour very seriously. Fortunately, on this occasion, no one was injured but fireworks misuse can have tragic and even fatal consequences.
Shops are also being reminded of their responsibilities not to sell fireworks to under 18s in the run up to Bonfire Night.
District Manager Bill Forster, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fireworks are explosives, they are not toys. Not only can they cause serious injury and death but throwing them could also cause fires, endangering property and other people’s lives.
“What may seem a bit of fun can have devastating consequences and can result in a criminal record. It is illegal for fireworks to be set off or thrown in a public place. I cannot highlight enough the importance of safe use of fireworks, and the potential serious harm caused by their reckless use.
“Bonfire night is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyabletime. I would encourage everyone to attend an organised display.”
Coun Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “It’s vital that we remind people that fireworks are explosives, not toys, and are dangerous if misused. Our Trading Standards team is playing a key role in this by advising retailers on how they can meet their responsibilities when it comes to the safe storage and sale of fireworks.”