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Scottish Government considers firework ban

Hogmanay pyrotechnics - image credit: Michal Ziembicki

Scottish Government considers firework ban

The Scottish Government has launched a new consultation to decide whether to ban the sale of fireworks in Scotland.

While legislation on the sale and storage of fireworks is reserved to the UK Government, laws covering their use is devolved to Scotland.

Animal welfare groups have expressed concern over their use, while MPs were required to debate the issue at the end of last year after almost 300,000 people have signed a UK petition calling for a ban.

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham said the consultation would influence a decision on whether changes to legislation and regulation are needed, following concerns about their misuse and the potential impact on public safety and animal welfare.

Denham said: “From Hogmanay to summer festivals to Diwali and Bonfire night, fireworks are a focal point of a range of celebrations through the year. Most people enjoy fireworks responsibly but if used inappropriately or without respect for others they can cause great distress or even physical injury to people and to animals.

“From conversations with members of the public and emergency service workers I am aware of concern about the use and sale of fireworks to individuals. We want to work with others to reduce the negative impact of fireworks and the public’s voice is vital in shaping our approach going forward.

“While much of existing legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, we hope this consultation will identify any gaps in the law and highlight where the regulation of fireworks could be improved.”

Denham launched the consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks as part of ‘Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views’. It will run from today until 13 May.

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