Sparklers banned from firework display after MoD bosses rule they're 'too dangerous' (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Sparklers banned from firework display after MoD bosses rule they're 'too dangerous'
OFFICIALS may be promising an “explosive evening of action” at Bovington Garrison’s Fireworks Extravaganza, but woe betide anyone turning up with a packet of sparklers.
Youngsters have been banned from enjoying these simple pyrotechnic delights, after MOD bosses ruled they’re too dangerous.
The event, hosted by The Tank Museum in its Kuwait Arena tomorrow evening, will be strictly a sparkler free zone, it has been confirmed.
Tank Museum curator David Willey, who will compere the evening, told the Daily Echo: “This is MoD land, we are just hosting the event for them and they’ve asked us not to allow sparklers.
“The show is taking place in an area used extensively by horses and people tend to drop them afterwards.
“They are metal rods which can easily get stuck in horses’ hooves.”
Mr Willey added that it had become policy at numerous organised fireworks events to ban sparklers, as people can get injured by them.
“At a lot of fireworks displays they are considered a risk. People playing with them tend to stand in groups and burn someone else,” he said.
Last year a special area, where sparklers could be lit by members of the public, was set up at the garrison firework event.
“But we learned a lesson,” said Mr Willey. “We tried out this area where people could bring sparklers but they just didn’t stick to it.”
Despite the sparkler ban, the fireworks extravaganza looks set to be one of the best in the county.
Mr Willey said: “There are a number of things going on during the night. The army will be bringing out some of its big tanks and driving them around.
“There’s a bonfire, obviously, and we’ve got some historic vehicles going out so some of the old boys can get teary eyed.”
The event also boasts a funfair, refreshments, free parking, face-painting and other entertainments.
Gates open at 5pm, with the bonfire being lit at 6.30pm, a vehicle display at 7pm, then the fireworks from 8pm.
Tickets, available on the gate, cost for £5 adults/OAPs, £4 children, under-fives free.
See a round-up of firework displays taking place across Dorset and the New Forest here
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