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Gov has no plans to ban fireworks as thousands sign petition

Some people want to see fireworks banned for public use to the UK, Over 25K people signed a petition supporting such ban fireworks.

The Government don’t believe the idea is such a good plan and support current firework laws. believing guidelines, advice and considerate neighbours could fix the issue.

While many would argue the police are powerless to enforce the anti-social use of fireworks in the first place. The Government say they have no plan to make any changes to the current law.

The petition was launched in October and has started to increase massively as Bonfire night approaches.

Arguments Against 

  • They really annoy people when they are trying to sleep at night.
  • They are hurled at innocent people or cars.
  • People use them as weapons.
  • Toxic chemicals are produced when the colours which can cause harm to people’s health and the environment.
  • They can cause serious life-changing damage including burns and blindness.
  • The loud noises, flashes and bangs are traumatic to pets, and to people as well who may have experienced conflict

Arguments for

  • Fireworks cause many hours of fun and enjoyment to families and we should ban people for other peoples stupid behaviour.
  • Only the silly people get hurt because they do silly things with fireworks without thinking of the risk.
  • Not everyone sets fireworks off at 2am in the morning these people just do not care about others
  • Lots of other things which pose a similar risk are not banned.
  • It is the celebration of Guy Fawkes and has been celebrated traditionally for centuries.
  • Millions of people use fireworks safely without annoying or putting others at risk.

 

 

 

The creator of the petition claims that fireworks can cause alarm, distress and anxiety to many people and animals’.

And requests the government review the laws which govern the use of fireworks to the extent that they are banned for public use. But Government has announced they have no such plans to review the laws.

However it is now hoped the petition receives 100K signatures, so it will be considered for a debate in parliament. 

The UK Government have reacted saying “The Government takes the issue of firework safety very seriously. There is legislation in place relating to the supply, storage, possession and use and misuse of fireworks. This includes legislation which regulates the supply and use of fireworks, both for the general public and professional display operators. Restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks are set out under the 2003 Fireworks Act, the Fireworks Regulations 2004 and the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015. These contain provisions to minimise the risk of fireworks harming people, property and animals. Although a small minority of people use fireworks in a dangerous, inconsiderate or anti-social manner, we believe that the majority use them sensibly and responsibly.

“Restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks are set out under the 2003 Fireworks Act, the Fireworks Regulations 2004 and the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015. These contain provisions to minimise the risk of fireworks harming people, property and animals. Although a small minority of people use fireworks in a dangerous, inconsiderate or anti-social manner, we believe that the majority use them sensibly and responsibly.

“The Government is aware of concerns about the distress noisy fireworks can cause to individuals, as well as to livestock, pets and wildlife. Therefore, the Government urges those using fireworks to be considerate to their neighbours and give sufficient notice of firework use, particularly to those who are vulnerable such as older people, children, those with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and those with pets and livestock. We have worked with the fireworks industry to encourage users of fireworks to give notice of their displays so that those who are vulnerable or keep animals can make arrangements for their safety.

“The Blue Cross animal charity has also produced information on animals and fireworks, which gives advice on how to avoid or reduce stress to animals when fireworks are being set off. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the Kennel Club provide similar advice on their websites concerning how to minimise the impact of fireworks use on animals.
There is already a ban on the general public from purchasing fireworks with higher levels of risk and noise and seasonal limitations on their sale. The Fireworks Regulations 2004 restrict their sale to the traditional fireworks periods around 5th November, Diwali, New Year’s Eve and the Chinese New Year. These are an important part of British tradition reflecting our history and multi-culturalism. While it is possible to buy fireworks at other times of the year, a ‘licence to sell fireworks’ is required and strict conditions are imposed outside the traditional periods.

“At present, any firework that exceeds 120 decibels must not be supplied to consumers. There are also low noise fireworks available that consumers can choose to buy, but we do not propose to bring in regulations to require all fireworks to be low noise.

“Government acknowledges that many people have genuine concerns about the use and, the misuse, of fireworks and the risks of firework-related injury. However, the number of injuries is low and the total number of hospital admissions caused by firework injuries has remained below 200 a year for the last 10 years.

“The Government does not plan to make any changes to the way statistics relating to enforcement actions are collected. The Government believes the focus of enforcement should be on delivering necessary protections and on working with businesses, citizens and others to ensure safety.

“The Government believes that the current regulations strike the right balance between the enjoyment of fireworks by the public and restricting the sale and use of fireworks for public safety reasons.

“The best way to continue to reduce the distress caused by fireworks is to work with industry, retailers and others to promote the safe and responsible use of fireworks through guidance and public education and to ensure that appropriate action is taken against those that break the rules.

“The obligations for the Secretary of State referred to in the e-petition, to publish a Regulatory Impact Assessment and to consult interested organisations, only apply when making new regulations and we have no plans to change the legislation relating to fireworks.

“As set out above, given there is already legislation in place which controls the sale and use and misuse of fireworks; we have no plans to extend this further.”

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