A HIGH-PROFILE campaign to clamp down on fireworks nuisance has been launched by Accrington police.
Scores of troublemakers are also being targeted in a bid to defuse problems in the run-up to Bonfire Night next month.
Police have been given powers to seize fireworks and make arrests for certain offences.
They will also be able to use Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) against anyone they catch misusing fireworks who has previously been warned.
Unveiling the new campaign, Sergeant Bob Eaton said: "Those who caused trouble last year will be actively targeted this year, so my advice to them is to keep a low profile.
"Anyone caught committing offences will have an automatic Anti-Social Behaviour Order slapped on them when convicted by a court.
"Where others come to our attention through intelligence we will look to consider an application for an ASBO through the normal channels.
"We are not killjoys, we want everyone to have a safe and peaceful Bonfire Night, but if youths or adults want to wreck the peace of the neighbourhood for six weeks before Bonfire Night, then we will deal with them firmly."
The police have also written to parents of all secondary school children in Accrington to hammer home their message.
Under the rules, it is an offence to set off a firework in a street or public place after 11pm and to sell fireworks to children under 18.
Inspector Julian Platt, head of Accrington Police, said: "Fireworks in the wrong hands can present a danger to the public and impact upon residents' quality of life.
"The public see such matters as a priority and therefore we have engaged our partners across Hyndburn to draw up a plan to address the issue.
"Through working in partnership with the community we can have a big impact upon this seasonal issue to ensure the people of Hyndburn have a safe Bonfire Night."