Stay safe with fireworks

Big bangs will be heard across the area this coming week as everyone gears up for some fantastic firework displays.

If you’re hosting an event in your own back garden, it’s important to make sure both used and unused fireworks are disposed of properly afterwards.

View of fireworks with rockets in the front

Avon Fire and Rescue has some top tips:

  • Spent or used fireworks should be placed in your non-recyclable waste.
  • Damaged or unused fireworks need to be soaked in water to remove their explosive properties before being placed in your non-recyclable waste. The firework must be soaked right through, which may take several hours.
  • Place the firework(s) in a large bucket of water. They must be completely covered and left in the water for several hours to ensure a thorough soaking.
  • Afterwards, place the firework(s) in a plastic bag and tie firmly to keep the moisture inside. It can then be placed in the non-recyclable rubbish.
  • Further guidance about how to dispose of fireworks safely may be available from the retailer or manufacturer.
  • Visit Avon Fire and Rescue’s website for more information.

Attending an organised fireworks display can be a better and safer way to enjoy fireworks than using them at home.

Here’s a round-up of what’s happening locally:

Tomorrow (Saturday 27 October)

  • 1,100 Lights at Clarence Park, Weston-super-Mare. Inflatables and other attractions from 5pm, fireworks from 8pm. Organised by St Paul’s Church. Pay on the gate – under-2s free; under-16s £1; 16 and over £2.

Friday 2 November

  • Portishead Football Club, Bristol Road, Portishead. Gates open 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. Food and drink, bar, fairground. Tickets in advance from the club, Mark’s Barbers and the White Cot Stores. Adults £5 in advance, £7.50 on the gate; children £1.50 in advance, £3.50 on the gate; under 5s free.
  • 1st Kewstoke Scout Group, Village Hall, Kewstoke. Gates open 6.30pm, fireworks at 8pm.Tickets £3 in advance, £3.50 on the night. Available from Kewstoke Village Hall, from any scout leader or Kewstoke village shop.

Saturday 3 November

  • Puxton Park, Hewish. From 5pm with display from 7pm. The soft-play barn will be open, alongside hog roasts, BBQ and entertainment. Tickets £10 per person, under-2s free. Must be purchased in advance: 01934 523 500
  • Weston-super-Mare Cricket Club, Devonshire Road (opposite Broadoak School). Bonfire from 7pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. Food and drink and outdoor funfair. Adults £7, children £3, under 5s free, family ticket £15.
  • Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, West End Park, Nailsea Gates open 6pm.
  • Clevedon and District Round Table Fireworks Fantasia, Dial Hill Cricket Ground, Clevedon. Gates open at 6pm for children’s rides, food stalls and bar. Bonfire at 7pm, Fireworks at 7.30pm. Advance tickets from Tesco, Newsham Hanson and the post office in Clevedon. Advance single £4 (£5 on gate), advance family £10 (£15 on gate).

Sunday 4 November

  • Weston Rugby Football Club, Sunnyside Road, Weston-super-Mare. Gates open 5.30pm, fireworks at 6.30pm. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £15; adults £6; children £3; under-3s free.

Fireworks in a dark sky

Monday 5 November

  • Hornets Rugby Football Club, Weston-super-Mare. Gates open 6pm, fireworks from 7.15pm. £4 per person or £12 for a family ticket (two adults and two children).

Thursday 8 November

  • Hans Price Academy, Marchfields Way, Weston-super-Mare. From 5.30pm. Adult £3, child £2, family of five £10

Friday 9

  • Yatton Rugby Club, North End, Yatton. Gates open 6.30pm, fireworks from 6.30pm. Tickets in advance from Clive’s (Yatton News), Yatton Post Office or in the school playground the week running-up to the event. Advance tickets £4 single or £12 for family; or £5 single or £15 family on the night.

Saturday 17

  • Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier Fireworks at Sea. Doors open 6pm, fireworks from 7pm, subject to tide and weather conditions. Tickets from £7.50, including unlimited ride wristbands for the evening.