Bolton fireworks
Bolton fireworks

In the late 90s and early 2000s I campaigned for a ban on the public sale of fireworks. This campaign, alongside many others, eventually lead to the Fireworks Act 2003 which banned the loudest fireworks, limited sales to certain times of year, and enforced a curfew on their use.

The 2003 regulations had a positive impact but in the last few years we’ve seen the same pattern. From October through to the end of January almost every night people are disturbed by fireworks, often well after the legal curfew. It can be distressing for vulnerable people and pets, people are at risk of serious injury and it puts pressure on our already overstretched police, fire and health services.

I don’t want to see the back of fireworks, but I want them to be enjoyed in a way that respects the wider community. It’s time for the Government to reconsider the existing legislation and restrict their use to licenced organised displays.

I’ve asked the Government to look at this issue again and backed an Early Day Motion to highlight the issue to Ministers. www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1772

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