Anger grows as fireworks continue to go off in Tibshelf

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Bonfire night has been and gone but one woman who keeps animals is frustrated people are still letting fireworks off and has backed a petition calling for a change in the law.

Diane Coates, 54, has horses, cats and a dog, but is struggling to keep them calm as people keep setting off fireworks.

She said: “I adore fireworks but think there are enough dangers surrounding them that I think they should only be used in organised displays.

“When you have animals you can get them settled and comfortable if you know in advance when there is likely to be fireworks through a proper show.”

To calm her animals, Diane has the radio on in the stables at full volume and the TV so loud she said she can barely hear her self think.

“But I shouldn’t have to do this when it’s nearly a week after bonfire night. Something needs to be done to stop people being able to do this.”

A petition has been launched, which already has more than 53,000 signatures, calling for the government to restrict the use of fireworks to reduce stress and fear in animals and pets.

But the government has said: “We are aware that fireworks can cause distress to animals. Restrictions on the general public’s use of fireworks, and permitted noise levels, already exist and we have no plans to extend them.”

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures by April 2016, the matter will be discussed in parliament.

Diane said: “It’s wrong that fireworks should be going off from mid October all the way through to the new year.

“This year I have had to deal with my horse trying to climb out of the stables because he is so scared and it’s not right.”

Current firework regulations allow fireworks for home use to be sold during the traditional firework periods of Bonfire Night (October 15 to November 10), New Year’s Eve (December 26 to December 31), Chinese New Year (the day of the Chinese New Year and three days immediately before) and Diwali (the day of Diwali and three days immediately before).

The government added: “We understand concerns about the distress noisy fireworks can cause to pets, livestock and wildlife. This is one of the reasons that there is a noise level limit of 120 decibels on fireworks for home use. We realise, however, that even at this level fireworks noise can be distressing to some animals and refer owners to advice on keeping animals safe during fireworks periods.”