A CAMPAIGN for firework safety has just been launched.
Firework displays delight many, but for a lot of people the events will be spoiled by anti-social behaviour.
A common complaint each year is of loud fireworks being discharged at all hours of the night.
Yesterday fireworks went on sale for the first time this year.
And West Yorkshire Trading Standards have teamed up with the police and fire service to remind people to be on their guard.
They are warning retailers to be vigilant and make sure that fireworks are not sold illegally to people under 18.
Offenders can now be issued with an on-the-spot fine of £80 by the police.
Undercover test purchases will take place in stores before Bonfire Night.
Legislation introduced in the last couple of years brought in a whole bunch of measures designed to combat anti-social use of fireworks.
These include a maximum permitted noise level of 120 decibels for fireworks, and a curfew prohibiting their use between 11pm and 7am.
The misuse of fireworks continues to feature in the complaints that trading standards officials receive annually from the public.
As a result, trouble hotspots throughout West Yorkshire will be targeted in a series of joint inspection visits.
These will be carried out by police and trading standards before Bonfire Night.
Firefightes will be working with schools and communities in the run-up to November 5.
They aim to reinforce firework and bonfire safety messages.
Peter McCreesh, of the fire service, said: "Bonfire Night can be an excellent event for families and friends.
"But it is important that safety comes first.
"People should go to a professionally organised event rather than having a fire and fireworks in the back garden.
"The safety distances needed for fireworks are not possible in most gardens.
"It is at these garden fires where the most injuries occur, through drinking alcohol and not following safety advice."
The police's Chief Supt Phil Read said: "Firework misuse can cause intimidation, alarm and distress."
"A small number of people use them to frighten others, damage property and create the risk of injury, both to themselves and others.
"Legislation enables the police to punish offenders immediately with on-the-spot fines, which can be enforced through the courts.
"This enables us to tackle the issue of firework safety and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
"We would urge the public to be vigilant with regard to firework misuse, and if they see anything untoward, contact the police immediately."