Tighter fireworks legislation
Posted on November 7 2022 at 12:34
Many people let off fireworks in a safe and considerate way, but it cannot be denied that they can also cause
nuisance – as was witnessed by some of the shocking scenes in the build up to and during Guy Fawkes Night
in recent years.
I launched a local, online survey asking Southside residents if they thought fireworks were a
nuisance, dangerous to animals, and if they wished to see further restrictions placed on the sale and use of
Over 500 people responded to my survey and it showed:
- 92% of respondents believed that fireworks were a nuisance and dangerous.
- 93% of people said they considered them to be a risk to household pets and wildlife.
- 94% said they would like to see further restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks.
The survey demonstrates a similar trend in opinion to the Scottish Government’s consultation on fireworks,
published a couple years ago, where 87% of people supported a ban on fireworks.
This year the Scottish Government introduced new rules regarding the timeframe fireworks can be bought
and used, and also the amount that can be bought. Additionally, they are consulting further on police powers
in relation to private possession and use of pyrotechnics.
It is apparent from the survey that residents of Glasgow South quite clearly want to see the sale and use of
private fireworks regulated further, and I will support the views of my constituents.
As the law covering the sale of fireworks is mainly reserved to Westminster, the Government must address what it intends to do next to assist in further regulating the sale and use of private fireworks.
Regulation around the sale and use of private
fireworks must be considered so they can be something we can all enjoy safely and without fear.