SETTING fireworks off in a public place without a licence could land you in hot water this bonfire night.

Throughout the month of November, firework displays and bonfires will be taking place across the county.

Malvern Hills Trust said that the hills are a great place to watch fireworks across the two counties, but also issued a reminder to those celebrating this year about some lesser-known facts when it comes to fireworks.

A spokesperson said: "Did you know that it is an offence to set off fireworks in a public place without a licence?

"This includes the Malvern Hills and Commons so don't bring fireworks here or set them off.

"Fireworks can be dangerous to fellow visitors and disturb the rare wildlife and livestock that call this place their home."

Malvern Hills District Council has also prepared a list of valuable information to remember ahead of firework displays this month.

  • Buy fireworks from a reputable company and only over 18s should handle them.
  • Never go back to a firework once it has been lit and keep them away from fire risks like fences and sheds.
  • Wear gloves when handling sparklers and place them in a bucket of water once finished.
  • Keep children and animals inside during the display, and let them watch from the windows. People outside should stand well back from the fireworks.

Many pets also struggle at this time of the year and get distressed by fireworks. Worcestershire Regulatory Services advises pet owners to:

  • Leave the radio or television on, low, so it will disguise the bangs when going out.
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Make them a snuggly den out of blankets, creating a place for them to hide
  • Take dogs for walks and exercise horses in the daylight
  • Invest in toys or treats that will occupy your pets such as a lick matt or a Kong's that you can fill with yummy treats. Alternatively, scatter treats around your home for your pets to sniff out
  • Consider homeopathy remedies, plug-ins etc to help relax your pet.