Islanders wishing to celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang are being asked to warn the airport of any planned firework display, which can distract and confuse aircrews or damage aircrafts.
Ports of Jersey says Air Traffic Controllers should be told of any displays within three nautical miles of Jersey Airport, along the extended runway centreline or where the fireworks are expected to reach more than 400ft (120m).
They have launched a social media awareness campaign with advice for anyone planning a fireworks’ display this month.
“We would like to remind everyone that fireworks have the potential to distract and confuse aircrews or damage aircraft during flight operations, especially when launched within the vicinity of Jersey Airport or flight approach,” Ports of Jersey said.
Anyone planning to hold an event classed as high risk, whether it’s a small-scale display in the garden, or a major commercial one for the public, has been asked to advise Ports of Jersey of their plans by completing and submitting an External Events Request form, so that Air Traffic Controllers can manage any potential risks.
Jersey Coastguard has also reminded islanders that fireworks can easily be confused with emergency flares.
They explained they take any reports of flare sightings seriously and will always investigate further.
“Generally, flares can be identified as a red light, falling slowly. If you spot something like this, which appears to be near or over water, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard,” the team said.
“If you are in doubt, please give us a shout. We want everyone to continue to enjoy the firework displays and ensure those flying through the skies and travelling on the water, can do so safely.”
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