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Myth: Health and safety laws ban bonfires

October 2008

Family standing in front of giant screen

The reality

Despite the story of a rugby club showing a film of a bonfire instead of lighting a real one, health and safety legislation doesn't ban them.

Over the coming months, millions of people will be enjoying Diwali and Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. So if you're organising a public event, now or at any other time, don't let it go up in smoke - take practical steps to manage the risks responsibly, and sensibly.

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Updated 2012-12-06