Ban the manufacture, import, sale and use of fireworks in the UK

Fireworks can cause injury and even death, frighten pets and wildlife, and are bad for the environment.

13,848 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Monday 1st November 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
6
Signature Deadline
Sunday 1st May 2022
Estimated Final Signatures: 14,437

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Recent Documents related to Ban the manufacture, import, sale and use of fireworks in the UK

1. Ban the manufacture, import, sale and use of fireworks in the UK
23/10/2021 - Petitions

Found: Fireworks can cause injury and even death, frighten pets and wildlife, and are bad for the environment

2. E-petition 231147 relating to the sale of fireworks to the public
22/11/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 2018 E-petition 231147 relating to the sale of fireworks to the public Contributor: Sarah Pepin Subject

3. Fireworks evidence base: report
29/10/2020 - Office for Product Safety and Standards
- View source

Found: Fireworks Evidence Base October 2020 OPSS Fireworks Evidence Base 2 Contents Introduction

4. E-petition 201947 relating to fireworks
25/01/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: relating to fireworks Compiler: Sarah Pepin Subject specialist: Lorraine Conway (Fireworks) Westminster

5. Ban the sale of fireworks to the public and have only licensed displays.
19/10/2017 - Petitions

Found: lovers, our pets and wildlife suffer severe stress and harm when fireworks are let off, plus the ban of sale

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Recent Speeches related to Ban the manufacture, import, sale and use of fireworks in the UK

1. Fireworks
02/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: Report of the Petitions Committee, Session 2019, Fireworks, HC 103, and First Special Report of the Petitions - Speech Link
2: using the cleaning materials provided before they use them and respect the one-way system around the room - Speech Link
3: has considered e-petition 276425, relating to the sale of fireworks.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

2. Fireworks
29/01/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: not even a sparkler.The petition is a serious one. It wants to“Change the laws governing the use of fireworks - Speech Link
2: the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that private use should be restricted to certain key dates, such as - Speech Link
3: for Orpington (Joseph Johnson), stated that the fireworks industry is worth £180 million and directly employs - Speech Link

3. Fireworks: Public Sales
26/11/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 231147 relating to the sale of fireworks to the public.It is a great pleasure to serve - Speech Link

4. Fireworks
06/06/2016 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 109702 relating to restricting the use of fireworks.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link
2: about balance—the balance between enjoyment of fireworks on the one hand and protecting animals from distress - Speech Link
3: they hear fireworks. The animals affected not only suffer psychological distress, but can cause themselves - Speech Link

5. Fireworks: Sale and Use
08/11/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: Report of the Petitions Committee, Session 2019, Fireworks, HC 103 , and First Special Report of the Petitions - Speech Link
2: considered e-petition 319891, relating to the sale and use of fireworks.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
3: unexpected, random and unpredictable nature of fireworks going off when they are not anticipated causes - Speech Link

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Government Response

Thursday 25th November 2021

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place that strikes the right balance allowing people to enjoy fireworks, whilst reducing risks and disturbances to people and animals.


There is a comprehensive regulatory framework already in place for fireworks that the Government believes strikes the right balance allowing people to enjoy fireworks, whilst reducing risks and disturbances to people and animals.

Existing legislation controls the sale, availability and use of fireworks. For example, there is an 11pm curfew in place for the use of fireworks, with later exceptions only for the traditional firework periods of November 5th, Diwali, New Year’s Eve, and the Chinese New Year. Using fireworks outside the curfew hours is a criminal offence enforced by the Police and can lead to imprisonment and a substantial fine. There is also a 120-decibel limit on the fireworks available to consumers. 

Current legislation restricts retailers to only selling consumer fireworks during the seasonal celebrations as set out above. Retailers may only supply fireworks outside these traditional periods if they obtain a licence from their local licensing authority. Local Authority Trading Standards work with retailers to ensure fireworks sold are safe, and they have powers to enforce against those who place non-compliant fireworks on the market. Trading Standards (and local fire and rescue authorities in metropolitan counties) can also enforce against those selling fireworks without an appropriate licence, for example, outside the normal selling period.   

Fireworks must also have safety warnings on the label, and this includes category of firework, instructions on safety distances and means of ignition.

The main environmental impact of Fireworks is the emission of particulates. Fireworks events are normally short-lived and localised events, so whilst there are likely to be localised spikes around these events for short periods (hours) which may lead to exceedances of the 24-hour air quality objective for PM10, (Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010) these high concentrations will be short lived and not impact the annual mean objective. Short-term concentrations increases from firework displays can be amplified due to the weather conditions that may affect the dispersion of pollutants.

The Air Pollution in the UK report provides an annual assessment of air quality in the UK including an assessment of the impact of fireworks and bonfire night. The most recent report, published in 2020, can be found through the following URL: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/annualreport/viewonline?year=2020_issue_1#report_pdf.

The Government has no current plans to place further restrictions on the sale of fireworks to the public, but we continue to monitor the situation. We have been carrying out an programme of work on fireworks, in response to concerns raised by the public. This has included:

- Commissioning research by Ipsos Mori that provided evidence on consumer attitudes towards, and behaviours around, using fireworks in the UK. The key findings have informed our public awareness campaigns and support the need to educate consumers on fireworks use. The report can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consumer-behaviours-and-attitudes-to-fireworks-in-the-uk.

- Commissioning noise research to test the decibel level of commonly used fireworks, in response to issues raised around noise and disturbance. The objective of the testing work is to help us understand the decibel level associated with a range of fireworks and whether they are compliant with the regulations. The results of the testing will be available in due course.

- Engaging with Local Authorities and animal welfare organisations to better understand what specific issues they face.

- Engaging with the fireworks industry to consider what action they can take to promote consumer safety.

- Developing an annual public awareness campaign, working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, to promote the safe and considerate use of fireworks.


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