A vast majority of our readers think that fireworks should be banned from sale to the general public, according to our online poll.
Out of more than 1,600 votes, 94 per cent of respondents favoured the ban, with just six per cent voting against.
But there were some dissenting opinions.
For example, on our Facebook page, Mark Moore said: ‘No, if we went around banning all things that upset our dogs then I would have outlawed bridges a long time ago. Banning things is not the way to control what people do, educating and teaching kids to be considerate and not to be anti-social would go a long way.’
Last week, we reported that a north Northumberland woman was left devastated after her beloved horse had to be put down due to the injuries sustained when he was spooked by fireworks.
And fireworks also led to the tragic demise of a dog this year in Whitley Bay, as reported by our sister paper the News Guardian.
Nine-year-old collie Shearer was spooked by a burst of unplanned fireworks while out on a walk near St Mary’s lighthouse. A week later, his body washed up on the beach in Redcar.
On a national level, a petition to the Government to ‘ban the sale of fireworks to the public and only approve organised displays’ has been signed more than 125,000 times.
Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate.