NEW laws to crackdown on people who misuse fireworks have been welcomed.
Labour councillors in Huddersfield say the laws should improve safety and crack down on anti-social behaviour before this year's firework season.
From Saturday, it became illegal to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am and for retailers to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
"This is a welcome move for most people, as it should help to reduce noise and nuisance," said Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of the Labour group on Kirklees.
"The curfew times are sensible and should not prevent people from responsible enjoyment of fireworks," he added.
But Clr Khan said retailers needed to be constantly vigilant about not selling fireworks to underage customers and also make sure their stock confirmed to the regulatory noise limits.
He said that during the run-up to November 5 councillors received frequent complaints about misuse of fireworks such as these being let off in the streets or late at night.
These new regulations will help the police to take action against yobs and anti-social behaviour, he said.
If these measures failed to make any impact, then, in the long term, the Government was likely to consider a complete ban on fireworks except for organised displays, Clr Khan added.
The start of the curfew will be later at some times during the year, when fireworks are normally used for traditional or cultural events. These are Diwali Night, the Chinese New Year and New Year's Eve, when the curfew will not start until 1am. On November 5 the curfew will begin at midnight.