I'm no killjoy but the other evening I was walking my dog when some noisy fireworks, let off in someone's back garden, completely terrified the poor creature.

It took some time to calm her down. Fireworks should be restricted to properly licensed and controlled displays and banned from back gardens.

Displays should only take place on November 5, and national occasions such as Royal Jubilees and weddings.

Furthermore, the explosive contents should be reduced to avoid the terrifically noisy bangs that frighten so many people.

Why should household pets and wildlife, as well as humans with sensitive nerves and hearts, be subject to the regular nuisance of thoughtless firework users?

-R White, Hove