PEOPLE are being urged not to host their own fireworks parties this bonfire night.

Instead, people are being encouraged to attend organised displays to cut the number of people injured as a result of pyrotechnics.

Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection with Durham County Council, said: “We would encourage everyone to buy, sell and use fireworks responsibly - fireworks are not toys and the law classifies them as explosives.

“We would urge the public not to buy bargain fireworks from the internet as their source and safety is unknown and may put you and your family at risk.

“If buying fireworks always buy from legitimate, licensed sellers; never let children handle fireworks; be considerate of others and observe curfews and restrictions; and keep your pets safe and secure when fireworks are going off.”

Retailers are also being reminded of their legal obligations including storage requirements, age restrictions, and the dates when fireworks can be sold.