Requiring a licence to buy or use CAT F2 & CAT F3 fireworks

Requiring a licence to buy or use CAT F2 & CAT F3 fireworks

The Bill would make it it a requirement for the public to have a fireworks licence before they could buy or use CAT F2 & CAT F3 fireworks. CAT F2 fireworks should only be used with spectators 8m away (2 cars length) while CAT F3 should only be used with spectators 25m away (a normal swimming pool size). When applying for a fireworks license people would need to: disclose any relevant criminal convictions they may have; disclose any details of any previous fireworks licenses that were revoked or cancelled; and prove they had completed a fireworks training course. If you agree with this proposal, rate it up (👍), if you disagree, rate it down (👎). Please tell us why you agree or disagree using the comment boxes below.


Prove they had passed a course - online - one guy passes for everyone

My dog is terrified of fireworks and there use should be controlled

Fireworks are explosives, and are dangerous. Many users have little regard for the distances required for safe use, and particularly the impact it could have on others

Fireworks in built up areas are not just a nuisance but can affect the mental health of people with specific issues such as PTSD. It is also harmful to pets. Too many people have no idea about how to use explosives. They absolutely should have to have training

Of the effect it has on animals, and humans alike. Animals have very sensitive hearing and run scared . Humans with sensory issues , ptsd , babies, are affected . But it is easier to warn humans , than animals, resorting to various calmers to help them . Which is fine if you know when they will be going off , but not random ones . You can’t cater for those. And many are like bombs! Especially in a built up area , which brings is back to the vulnerable humans, you can’t warn them.

There is no reason for members of the public to have explosive material in their homes. You can't have a gun without a license so why should you have fireworks without a license. They cause soo much stress to animals for no good reason. Organised and licensed fireworks displays in certain areas that don't disturb the public and/or animals only.

Only licensed individuals should be allowed to buy and set off fireworks, I think this is a great idea and would solve a lot of problems. The fireworks training course should be conducted by professionals, e.g. the fire service, not just an online course as proposed elsewhere.

I don't see this working what so ever ! It will only encourage illegal, antisocial and black market sales. As a retail stockist of fireworks my self as well as a professional display operator. Asking a consumer to be "qualified" to use a consumer firework is just going to make it such a hassle and head ache that no one will bother in the end. Completely killing off an industry by means of qualifications

There is no real way to monitor this. People will lie. This is just a pretense that the law is doing something. It's filled with loopholes. It's ridiculous.

I am in favour of a total ban on the use of fireworks, or failing that, their use only as part of an organised authorised display

I don't think individuals should be able to buy fireworks at all, only reputable organisations.

Anonymous User "They are dangerous, terrible for the environment and animals" That's odd, all the fireworks I have used come with performance data and instructions for their safe use. The Nations pets are more damaging to the environment regarding global warming. 9,000,000 tonnes CO2 from dogs alone, dog poo everywhere.

Sounds like a good idea however if they’re easy to fake or given out via a form to fill in online they’re open to fraud.

Pass a course and a require a licence course has to be refreshed every year and licence to be renewed each year

They wouldn't have to prove anything, they would just drive into England to buy them, fireworks would still be available but the money from the illegal sales would just support more crime. google Hawaii NYE an island many thousands of miles off the coast of America, fireworks are totally banned, just watch what's going off, its impossible to stop people getting fireworks, when they are freely available on the continent.

Of course they should have a licence, there's a slight amount of gun powder in them.

It will just encourage smuggled Fireworks from England

if a total ban isn't available, this will at least weed out some of the numpties.

The Scottish Government, in pursuance of this Bill, seems not to understand the various firework categories they propose to restrict. they say that fireworks are categorised according to how powerful they are. In many cases this may be true but in many it is not. Categories F1-F3 are defined by the safe viewing distance not power. Category F4 are for use by people with specialist knowledge and can often be no more hazardous than category F1.

So, in a nutshell, ScotGov want to criminalise Fireworks, essentially. How is that one going to work, and how can you guarantee the person sitting a test and the one buying the fireworks are the same...again, you will create more issues that you could ever solve!

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