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It is an offence to throw a firework in the street, a thoroughfare or a public place. Police forces can deal with this offence with a Penalty Notice for Disorder (£90) or through the courts (an unlimited fine). However, Penalty Notices for Disorder can only be given to persons aged 18 years and over.

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