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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Nanny Bans Sparklers

I trust and assume that you all had a pleasant and accident free Bonfire Night last night?

Our cat was remarkably relaxed about the whole affair, and the bangs and whistles around our house went off without causing any damage as far as I can see.

My commiserations to those who paid good money to attend public events where Nanny and the insurance companies did their best to put the mockers on it.

The Mail reports that the Round Table Group organised around 70 events across the country, where it seems that the health and safety/insurance rules had to be zealously applied wrt spectators not being allowed to bring in sparklers.

At one of the displays on Saturday night in Moseley, Birmingham, a large sign stated ‘Strictly no sparklers’ on site. Around 3,000 people attended, paying £5 for adults and £2 for children to enter. But anybody who attempted to light sparklers were told to extinguish them immediately.


In my day all manner of dodgy fireworks were freely available eg; jumping jacks, helicopters, bangers etc. Sadly many of these are now consigned to the dustbin of history, because they are deemed to be dangerous.

But sparklers???!!

OK, I admit that once I did mange to burn my hand on a dead sparkler; but that was my own stupid fault.

BTW, did anyone ever manage to get a jumping jack that actually worked satisfactorily?

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  1. Perhaps Gentle Readers would be interested in this superb - but brief - 'Display' put on by a local Authority near Edinburgh?

  2. Tonk.7:06 PM

    I just wonder what type of person and with what type of mentality, goes into these official/jobsworth jobs. It takes a special kind of person to do such a job whose sole reason to be, is to stop people from doing anything other than working. Are these the same people in times gone by, that would attend public hangings and floggings and get a kick from the mis-fortune of others?

  3. Toy Trumpet8:46 AM

    Actually, I still have a scar on my right thumb from a sparkler accident. And it wasn't from misuse. A blob of the burning material was spat off and landed on my the back of my thumb just below the nail.

    I know you're supposed to wear gloves to use a sparkler... But it wasn't even my sparkler.

    Could have been nasty if it was in my eye!

    If the price of retaining proper fireworks displays, and our tradition of Bonfire Night over the insidious creep of Halloween is that we can't take sparklers to public displays, then I think it's a price worth paying.

    Have your own sparklers at home before or after the display. Then you won't be injured by the stupidity of others.

  4. Anonymous7:02 PM

    I think you'll find the organisation banned sparklers and NOT the Health and Safety Executive. Anybody with a problem with this should boycott the event in question!