Use and Sale of Fireworks in Scotland, and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics

Closes 15 Aug 2021

Opened 20 Jun 2021

Overview

What this consultation is about

This consultation consists of two sections. The first considers changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland; while the second section considers the use of pyrotechnic devices.

More specifically, Section 1 seeks views on four changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland to ensure fireworks are used safely, handled with care and do not cause harm, distress or injury; while Section 2 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.

Why we are consulting

Section 1: In the response to the Fireworks Review Group Final report, the Minister for Community Safety announced her intention to implement the Fireworks Review Group recommendations as a matter of urgency, subject to the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections, in order to ensure further positive change is in place for communities going forward.

The Scottish Government is therefore seeking the views on the introduction of four specific requirements in law in relation to the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland as set out by the recommendations of the Fireworks Review Group.

We are keen to get practical feedback on the introduction of legislation from those who use and enjoy fireworks as well as those affected by fireworks including vulnerable groups, pet and animal owners, and from local authorities, enforcement agencies, the fireworks industry, retailers and other organisations that have a role or interest in fireworks.

Section 2: The Scottish Government is also seeking the views on what action could be taken to reduce the misuse of pyrotechnic devices.  In particular we are seeking views on a new offence in relation to carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and for police powers to be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.  We are also keen to get views on whether this proposed new power of search should enable the police to stop and search a vehicle.

How to get involved

Respondents are able to answer either the first or second sections, or to answer both sections.

Read the consultation paper. 

Consultation Events

A series of online engagement events are being held in June, July and August to enable stakeholders, individuals and communities to come together to share their views on the introduction of four proposed measures on the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland.

These events will provide opportunities for people to come together to  discuss the proposed changes in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of each.   A summary report will be produced from each event for the Scottish Government to consider alongside the official consultation responses. Find details below for events and registration:

  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 1: Thursday 24th June 2021 – 14.00 – 16.00. Click here to register for this event.
  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 2: Wednesday 30th June 2021 – 18.00 – 20.00. Click here to register for this event.
  •  Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 3: Tuesday 6th July 2021 – 14.00 -16.00.   Click here to register for this event.
  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 4: Tuesday 13th July 2021 – 18.00 – 20.00. Click here to register for this event.
  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 5: Wednesday 21st July 2021 – 10.00 -12.00. Click here to register for this event.
  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 6: Thursday 29th July 2021 – 18.00 -20.00. Click here to register for this event.
  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 7: Monday 2nd August 2021 – 14.00 – 16.00. Click here to register for this event.
  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 8: Tuesday 10th August 2021 – 18.00 – 20.00. Click here to register for this event.

Have your say

Events

  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 1

    From 24 Jun 2021 at 14:00 to 24 Jun 2021 at 16:00

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed changes in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of each.

    Copy and paste this link into a new browser tab to register: https://bit.ly/2Ufos6q

  • Fireworks Consultation Engagement Event 2

    From 30 Jun 2021 at 18:00 to 30 Jun 2021 at 20:00

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed changes in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of each.

    Copy and paste this link into a new browser tab to register: https://bit.ly/3iSQOh8

Interests

  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Law and Order
  • Public Safety and Emergencies