Coastguard called out as firework is mistaken for a flare on Northumberland coast

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A north Northumberland Coastguard team was called out this evening after reports of a flare sighted at Newton-by-the-Sea.

An investigation by Howick Coastguard discovered that the ‘flare’ was, in fact, a red firework which had been let off outside a holiday cottage in Low Newton.

The holidaymakers were ‘given some sound advice’ about being mindful of their surroundings when letting off fireworks, particularly red and white ones, in coastal areas.

According to the UK Firework Review website: ‘It is illegal to let fireworks off in the street or a public place. You should only let fireworks off on private land such as your garden or on land where you have the landowner’s permission. It is UKFR’s understanding this means it is also illegal to let fireworks off on the beach (not to mention having the potential for fireworks to be mistaken for distress flares).’