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Scottish Government launches firework safety consultation

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The Scottish government is consulting the public on whether to tighten controls on the use of fireworks.

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham wants to hear the public’s views on their sale, use and regulation.

Police officers in West Pilton clear the streets as part of operation MoonBeam.

The move follows increased concern over anti-social behaviour linked to their use.

The feedback will inform ongoing discussions with the UK government about legislation governing the sale of fireworks, which is currently reserved.

Laws covering the use of fireworks, however, are devolved to Holyrood.

Ms Denham said that while the public largely use fireworks responsibly, there were legitimate concerns about their misuse.

She added: “From conversations with members of the public and emergency service workers I am aware of concern about the use and sale of fireworks to individuals.

“We want to work with others to reduce the negative impact of fireworks and the public’s voice is vital in shaping our approach going forward.

“While much of existing legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, we hope this consultation will identify any gaps in the law and highlight where the regulation of fireworks could be improved.”

A fire fighter asses a small bin fin West Pilton during Bonfire night 2018.

A consultation event will take place at Craigroyston Community High School on Wednesday 13th February from 6 – 8pm.

This is one of 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.

A summary report will be produced from the events for the Scottish Government to consider alongside comments received online.

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