A consultation on fireworks in Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views

Closed 13 May 2019

Opened 3 Feb 2019

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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 will help to identify gaps, issues or unintended consequences with the current regulatory framework. We would like to hear any views you have on whether the regulations on how fireworks are used needs to be improved.

Why We Are Consulting

The Scottish Government is gathering information and views on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. We want to hear your experiences and what you think about the way fireworks are currently used.

Read the consultation paper.

Read the consultation technical annex. 

We are hosting a series of engagement events on the Scottish Government's 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 responsibly.

Sign up for a fireworks consultation event near you.


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