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

Closed 13 May 2019

Opened 3 Feb 2019

Feedback Updated 30 Oct 2019

We Asked

We published the Scottish Government national online consultation on fireworks: Your experiences, your ideas, your views, at the beginning of February. In addition to the online consultation, 29 events were held across Scotland and a range of social media platforms were used to seek people's views.

We sought your views on:

  • the sale of fireworks to the general public.
  • how people use and enjoy fireworks.
  • the impact of fireworks on people, communities and animals.
  • ideas on what actions could be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly.

You Said

The consultation closed on 13 May, having received a total of 16,420 responses. Over 7,000 responses were received in the first 24 hours of the consultation launch.

The results of the consultation demonstrate strong support for a change in how fireworks are sold.

Key findings included: 

• 70% of respondents reported that they had been affected by fireworks used in an irresponsible or unsafe way.

• 94% of respondents thought there should be more controls over the sale of fireworks.

• 87% of respondents would welcome a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public in Scotland.

• 92% of respondents thought there should be more controls over how fireworks can be used in Scotland.

• 93% of respondents thought there should be more controls to make sure animals are not caused unnecessary suffering because of the use of fireworks.

Many respondents went on to make further comments, ranging from 10,940 comments from those who had been directly affected by the use of fireworks to 14,290 from those looking for more controls on sales of fireworks to the public. 

We Did

On 4 October 2019, we published:

The Scottish Government is committed to driving forward action to reduce the negative impact of firework use and to ensure that fireworks are used safely and appropriately.

Following further discussions with stakeholders on the consultation findings, the Minister for Community Safety launched the Fireworks Action Plan: Promoting the safe and appropriate use of fireworks in Scotland in a Statement to Parliament on 29th October 2019. The Action Plan sets out activities that will be taken forward immediately, as well as longer term actions that will collectively support a change in how fireworks are used in Scotland.  This includes establishing a Firework Review Group to develop clear recommendations for tightening regulations on where and when fireworks can be used in Scotland. 

Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

Overview

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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