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Fireworks related injuries: does changing legislation make a difference? A thought for next Hallowe'en
  1. J J Johnston,
  2. M Jenkins,
  3. L A McKinney
  1. Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Glenshane Road, Londonderry BT47 6SB, Northern Ireland

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    Editor,—In August 1996 there was a change in legislation. The Explosives Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 (as amended by the Explosives (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1996) allowed over the counter sale of fireworks to anybody over 16 year of age.1 Prior to this, it was illegal to buy fireworks in Northern Ireland.

    For the same four week period (11 October–11 November) for the years 1994 and 1995, all accident and …

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