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Fireworks go out over Taunton following M5 crash
1:00pm Sunday 28th October 2012 in Somerset
THE managing director of a fireworks company claims fewer organisations are holding fireworks displays in the Taunton area following last year’s tragic M5 crash.
Alan Christie, of Bristol-based Skyburst The Firework Co, said: “Over the last year, we’ve noticed a decline in organised displays, especially in and around the Taunton area – although it’s not so bad further afield.
“We’ve had quite a few organisers who have decided not to hold fireworks displays this year in view of what happened last year on the M5.”
Meanwhile, Taunton Deane Council said anyone planning a large event, including fireworks displays, needs to discuss their plans with the police and regulatory authorities for advice on a range of issues such as risk assessments.
A council spokeswoman said: “Fireworks events are not subject to specific licensing but associated activities – the sale of alcohol for example – might be.
“Many events would take place at a venue which is already covered by a premises licence.”
Health and Safety Executive advice for events organisers is available at www.tauntondeane.gov.uk