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How to safely light a firework

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Bonfire night in the UK is the 5th November, and is also known as Guy Fawkes Night, as it was on that date in 1605, that he plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Bonfire night is now celebrated usually with a bonfire and a firework display. But, this is not the only occasion that is celebrated with fireworks; Chinese New Year and Diwali, or the festival of lights are two other popular occasions. Fireworks are made of high explosives and can be very dangerous, therefore it is important to know how to light them safely, so as not to cause injury to yourself or others.
What you'll need: 
A closed metal box, to store the fireworks
A bucket of water
Eye protection and gloves
A bucket of sand or earth
A torch
Keep your fireworks in a safe, preferably metal, box with a lid. Only take one firework out of the box at a time.
Read the instructions on the firework using the torch. Place the firework into a bucket of sand or soft earth, making sure it is pointing upwards angled away from any people. It is best to keep all spectators on one side of the display for safety.
Make sure you have on your protective eye wear and gloves and light the firework at arms length using a long match or taper.
Once you have lit the firework, stand well back. Do not go back to a lit firework even if you think it has gone out, it could still explode. Use the bucket of water to to extinguish any sparks or douse any unexploded fireworks.
Keep your pets indoors
Never keep fireworks in your pocket
Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 - the safety standard


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