Public consultation on use of fireworks in Scotland launched

The Scottish Government is gathering information and views on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. They are seeking views on experiences and what the public think about the way fireworks are currently used.

Fireworks are traditionally associated with festivities which celebrate events that are important to different communities across Scotland. Fireworks can bring colour and excitement to the special occasions that are important to us.

However, fireworks are potentially dangerous and need to be used safely and handled with care to avoid serious injury. For some, the noise made by setting off fireworks can be a nuisance, and the disturbance can cause distress to both people and animals.

While much of the current legislation on fireworks is reserved to Westminster the consultation aims to help identify gaps, issues or unintended consequences with the current regulatory framework. The Scottish Government want to hear any views of the public on whether the regulations on how fireworks are used needs to be improved.

The Scottish Government are hosting a series of engagement events on the Consultation on Fireworks, where individuals, communities and professionals are invited to come along to give their views.

Events will provide an opportunity to explore and discuss the use and impact – both positive and negative – of fireworks use in Scotland.  This is an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in discussing views and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsible.

The consultation closed on 13 May 2019 and can be accessed here.

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