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Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Consultation

Published: July 14, 2021

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Following the Minister’s response to the recommendations from the Review Group back in December, a public consultation has been launched seeking views from the public and stakeholders on implementing the remaining four recommendations of the Group, specifically:

  • Requiring the general public and community groups to meet a number of mandatory conditions before they are able to purchase fireworks.
  • Restricting the days fireworks can be set off by the general public.  In addition to the Firework Review Group’s recommendations, we are also consulting on proposals to restrict the days fireworks can be sold to the general public.
  • Introducing no-fireworks areas where it is not permitted for the general public to set fireworks off.
  • Introducing a proxy purchasing offence to criminalise the supply of fireworks to people under the age of 18.

The consultation also considers the use of pyrotechnic devices and specifically whether it should be an offence to carry a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and whether police powers should be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.

You can find a link to the consultation at the following link (https://consult.gov.scot/justice/use-and-sale-of-fireworks-in-scotland), and it would be appreciated it if everyone could circulate this around their network and encourage as wide a response as possible – both from interested stakeholders and from members of the public.  The consultation will run for 8 weeks, and will close on Sunday 15 August.

Scottish Government will be running a series of online engagement events while the consultation is live – the first few of these are available via the consultation link above and further events will be added over the course of the next few weeks.  In addition, they would be happy to reconvene the Review Group for a session to discuss the proposals in the consultation in more detail and / or organise bespoke roundtable discussion events for specific stakeholder groups.

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact: fireworks@gov.scot.

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