Does the proposed law go too far?

Does the proposed law go too far?

Do you think the proposed law goes too far? Do you think the changes should not be made? If you agree and think the proposals go to far, rate it up (👍), if you disagree, rate it down (👎). Please tell us why you agree or disagree using the comment boxes below.


Doesn’t go far enough

Dogs barking in the middle of the night causing more distress to people sleeping. Than a few fireworks on certain occasions of A YEAR is no harm to anyone. In a right environment and with instructions being followed fireworks bring joy to lots of people in the uk.

Ban noisy fireworks

A bit confusing, but I disagree with the sale of fireworks to anyone except professional organisers, A strict time limit for shows except in very remote places. And there should be no loopholes. It's almost all year round now. So what if Chinese want to celebrate their new year, I would have been ok with that as well, but locally they were doing it for 3 HOURS. Shot themselves in the foot with that one. As for local chavs getting hold of them..

It unnecessarily scares animals. It has caused countless accidents that some have resulted in a painful and horrific death. I disagree with the point that the proposal goes too far.

It makes sense

You want to as the question in a proper manner

Proposed law does not go far enough. A total ban would be preferable but if not thought feasible then the stronger controls the better.

Proposals do not go far enough. Fireworks are dangerous and a public nuisance and should generally be banned for use by members of the public.

No it doesn't go to far . We need a category of garden fireworks that are visual and beery quiet . Rockets should never be acceptable in domestic environs. They always fall outwith the users dwelling garden , and are therefore littering .

Any regulation is a good start. Need more restrictions on loud rapid bang displays and inclusion of more silent fireworks

The new proposals don't go far enough.

Fireworks should be banned outright. They are essentially animal abuse for cheap entertainment.

Clearly things need to change. No idea why we bother to even “celebrate “ November 5th. I grew up with it and I actually like to see some fireworks. As with a lot of things now it’s all about the money.

I can think of no reason why we are allowing members of the public to buy and use explosives when they provide no benefit to anyone, cause huge numbers of injuries each year and are regularly used as weapons against emergency service workers. A full ban should be enforced

The proposed law DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH !! A complete ban unless on November 5th LICENSED event !!

Animals and humans alike are traumatised by the indiscriminate use of fireworks by the public

The current laws are inadequate because: 1. it’s not possible to identify where misused fireworks come from. 2. The police do not have resource to police this. 3. What is described as responsible firework use, still entails loud explosive noise in back gardens- which causes distress to others. If a minority cause distress to others then further regulation is required.

It's in line with my personal wishes.

It's exactly what I want.

I think that the general public shouldn’t be allowed to use fireworks at all. All fireworks should only be used by professionals at organised displays. I also feel that the government should consider going as far as other countries already have in having only silent fireworks as the loud noises can have a traumatic effect on animals especially pets and horses. There is also the worry of these loud noises over several days or weeks terrorising people with PTSD (e.g. veterans), autistics etc.

There should be a total ban except for public displays

It doesn't go far enough

the law on fireworks and the use thereof is not sufficiant as it stands, firewoks are being sold to children and missused. their missuse couses stress to animals and humans alike.

Fireworks are used too much and are distressing to people and animals. They should be banned.

Fireworks make too many lives a misery.... both human, pet and wildlife. The more regulations that are enforced the less chance of rogue operators

Not far enough

Badly drafted question. Law does not go far enough. Fireworks terrify our animals to the point where we have to drug one of our dogs around 5 Nov.

The current laws only prohibit sale to over 18s and also, the time they should stop being let off. Theoretically they are allowed in public spaces but they are used there by inconsiderate and stupid people. Make it really difficult to get hold of them and also make you stand out for using them, then enforcement of the laws become much easier.

Confusing wording. Proposal does not go far enough. Members of the public do not need/should not have personal access to fireworks.

Only council or government events should be allowed to use fireworks. Trying to only allow sales at special times means people will buy them then and use them when they like. Public should not be allowed to have explosives

Current law and enforcement not sufficient, not proportionate to distress to children, people and animals.

Enforcement needs to be clear hence I agree with this part of the Bill

I love fireworks but am against their unrestricted use because of the effects on pets, livestock and wild animals. The element causing animals most distress is the constant noise. It's like being in a war zone. I'm old enough to remember when only some fireworks were "bangers" which were widely disapproved of by our parents. The best thing about fireworks of all categories is the light show which has got better and better. Why not get rid of the noise? Does it add anything worth the distress?

No, however licences and training should be obligatory.

It’s not far enough. Idiots can still apply for a license and will still let of these horrendous things near farm animals, Wildlife and pets. It’s doesn’t stop them from doing it for the weeks leading up to bonfire night or the weeks after. They use them for all kinds of celebrations. More is needed unfortunately

Fireworks are antisocial and dangerous.

It's totally unclear what thumbs up and thumbs down mean. .... what a badly designed research

The law does not go far enough. I have to watch my wee dog, who was shot before I rescued him, terrified for weeks & weeks after hearing just 1. Some children are terrified of them too. Also, I'm not quite sure we should be celebrating the English trying to blow up a Scottish King, I know they didn't succeed, but, should we really be celebrating that in these times???

It can never go too far

No ordinary (unqualified) person who is not engaged in working for a company who create pyrotechnic displays should be allowed to possess, carry or use them.

I don’t think it goes far enough or is clear enough about how it will be realistically implemented and enforced. No point introducing legislation if it isn’t properly enforced.

I dont think the proposed law goes far enough. My dog has to be sedated prior, during and after any event that you know will involve people using fireworks. People letting fireworks off late into the night even on nights where the weather is that bad you can’t see the fireworks in the sky, the noise is like a bomb going off 😡

Not perfect but not too far

Firework use has been abused and needs serious control by serious people but at the same time not so much as to make it complicated for sensible use.

I would support a complete ban on public sale of fireworks and limit use to organised official displays on only a couple of days per year.

We need a strong law that protects people from the misuse of fireworks, and protects animals from the affects of fireworks on them.

To reduce the adverse effects on both domesticated animals and wildlife, as well as reducing injuries from misuse of pyrotechnica

Ideally the bill should go further, to completely ban the sale of fireworks other than for organised events

It dosnt go far enough, its idiots who think it is okay to put of fire works in residential areas without warning neibours who are causing the most distress

Fireworks cause death and injury to humans and animals who have to be left outside in fields. They terrify most dogs and cats.

Too many people misuse fireworks. All categories of animals, wild, domestic and farm can be seriously disturbed by inconsiderate or malevolent use of fireworks

People with PTSD and animals are terrified with the noise of fireworks now.... they are no longer just nice to look at. It goes on for weeks and my rescue dog was extremely distressed when an inconsiderate neighbour had fireworks and does every year getting louder and louder.

Confusing question. I disagree that the proposed law goes too far. It doesn't go far enough . Fireworks should not be available to the general public to purchase. I don't know what I'm voting for or against - I'm For the proposed law. Hopefully comments will be read before tallies are used

If fireworks are required for events, then there should be heavy restrictions on the timing. The only real times for foreworks are the established ones-Bonfire Night and New Years Eve.

This question is misleading. I don't know whether it's thumbs up or down! It's ridiculous. Fireworks cause too much stress for children with autism, those with PTSD, and wildlife and pets. End the sale of fireworks.

Regulate fireworks bought on the internet

The proposals do not go far enough. All firework sales should be restricted and supermarkets should not be licensed to sell any fireworks at any time

No doesn’t go far enough ban them completely.

I'd ban the sale of fireworks to the public full stop. Only licenced organisations should be able to buy them for licenced events where they are under the control of a trained pyrotechnic operator.

Of the distress caused to animals in particular. The distress my dog suffers requires it to be medicated every time. People also suffer.

Legal controls regarding the use of fireworks must be introduced.

It doesnt go far enough.

The law does not GO FAR ENOUGH. Sale of fireworks to the public should be banned ALTOGETHER

There is an increasing amount of distress and concern caused by fireworks, particularly those becoming more powerful. There is a definite need to increase controls on the use of all types of fireworks.

the proposed law does not go far enough. Be much easier if fireworks were banned completely. They are a waste of money, cause havoc to the environment, harmful to our household pets, stray animals, birds and people with certain physical or mental health conditions. We don't need them to enjoy festivals or music gigs or anywhere else they are currently used.

proposed law does not go far enough. I doubt if most people would notice any difference if the proposed law was passed in it's current format.

Considerably more could be done to prevent upset. t

Fireworks are dangerous and need control. I would want a ban on all fireworks with a loud bang. That is what frightens dogs and horses, and even kills some in their panic. Fireworks do not need to go off with a loud bang though I know some think this is fun. It is not fun for animals or any people who have been in war zones

I think the law doesn't go far enough.

All fireworks should be banned for use by the general public. Insufficient attention is paid by most people to the effects on domestic animals and wildlife, and also the use of fireworks can often be abused by rebellious young people

Law doesn't go far enough. Public use should be extremely limited, with events being approved by Councils and Police at least one month in advance. Events in places like children homes should get approval (assuming licenses are in place), but anyone wanting 'a few fireworks in the back garden' should be fully disapproved.

There needs to be a law severely restricting this anti-social activity where the few can make life a misery for the many.

No, the proposals are fine and and the sooner they are passed the better, BUT I fear that the Q & A are confusing. Many of the 👍 and 👎 are actually saying the same message "No to Fireworks" Please when analysing responses read all comments to determine the correct meaning and answer. 😒

Fireworks are a complete and utter nuisance - noise polluting and physically polluting (they fall out of the sky all over the place). Animals both wild and domestic are frequently traumatised by the noise.

Fireworks should be banned, full stop. They cause untold distress to animals and many humans, basically creating conditions similar to a war zone all in the name of a few minutes of “fun”. Fireworks are not fun, they are dangerous, upsetting and an invasion of peoples privacy and right to peace and quiet in their own homes. They pollute the acoustic environment and the atmosphere. Time for a total ban.

I think that all sales to the general public should be stopped, they are much more powerful and noisy than they used to be and are seriously misused. My Grandmother was once badly burnt when a firework was thrown and caught her ankle and more recently I saw fireworks being thrown from the pavement at cars as they passed by on the road. Fireworks are dangerous, they are explosives and should be treated as such. There should be a total ban.

of the distress caused to animals and humans

it needs to change

The proposals are needed to manage the increasing inappropriate and anti-social use of fireworks

I don't think the law goes far enough. Fireworks need to be restricted to organised professional events at certain times of the year. It should not be possible for any member of the public to buy fireworks over the counter or online. The are a social and environmental hazard and their use needs to be properly regulated. See Australia's laws on fireworks for an example.

it's a start but doesn't go far enough.

It also needs to specify the period when the fireworks can be used.

The Firework laws don’t go far enough. Fireworks should just be used on November 5th and only at licensed public displays well away from built up areas. People shouldn’t Actually I don’t think the firework laws go far enough. I think fireworks should be confined to one day which is November 5th and should only be sold to and let off at public displays which are licensed. Fireworks should not be on sale to the general public.

There is far too much use of indiscriminate fireworks. Near where I live a horse was blinded by a rocket and had to be put down. In addition, people start letting them off in the morning, and they go on for two- three days after the event, be it Halloween, Guy Fawkes, New Year. So, there should also be much stricter rules on when they can be set off. I would prefer public displays only.

The bill does not go far enough to eliminate the use of fireworks.

In my opinion a total ban would be good

Safety must always come before profit and pleasure. It is rarely those in charge who are injured, but the innocent bystanders. When there's so much "entertainment" to chose from these days, why allow something so noisy, disruptive, upsetting to many and potentially very dangerous?

Fireworks should be illegal. End of.

Is this questionnaire in English? What a joke this consultation is🤣 Can't you ask straightforward questions . I am totally against fireworks okay......der

I don't understand the question.

Not sure how to answer this but would like to see a complete ban on the sale of fireworks to the public

Not sure quite whats being asked for here in the thumbs up/down! But I do not agree that the law goes far enough. I may have put this in the wrong box!!

It doesn't go far enough. The general public should not be allowed to buy or set off fireworks at all. People aren't allowed access to dynamite without being properly qualified and licensed, why shouldn't it be the same for similar explosives like fireworks?

Fireworks should not be sold to the public at all. Their use should be in public displays only, a safer option and a much better show than one can afford as an individual. Teenagers in particular think it's funny to throw them at people or animals, not realising the damage that can be inflicted, or they hold them in their hands and suffer horrendous and life-changing injuries. They were banned in N. Ireland during the Troubles and this law should never have been reversed.

Confusing question - but....I feel fireworks should only be available on the day and there should be a drastic reduction in the decibels allowed as they are more like bombs nowadays. Organised displays are a preference but 'old fashioned' fireworks should be safe and not cause problems in the wrong hands.

No it doesnt go too far but is probably unenforceable like most laws for this country! It is overdue that this needs to be reighned in. Too many injuries and deaths to innocent animals and the perpetrators must be punished.

I dont think it hoes far enough. They should be totally banned. Fireworks are dangerous harmful and often fatal to animals and the environment. They should not be available to the public and should only be used by professionals in a controlled and safe manner with all safety protocols in place and pre-warning so that measures can be put in place to safeguard animals as much as possible.

No idea how best to answer this question due to the way it has been worded.

Poorly worded question. The proposed laws do not go too far.

I genuinely feel there needs to be a total ban out with organised events. I think anything short of this is causing unnecessary suffering and distress to many.

People are now importing fireworks from Poland, for example, as they contain a higher amount of explosive thereby creating more noise. I have been fortunate that my pets don't usually bother but they absolutely terrified at New Year. The noise was so sudden & loud I thought the gas boiler had exploded and having previously been in a gas explosion that rendered me permanently disabled suffered flashbacks. It is not only domestic pets that are affected but animals in the fields.

I share lost, missing & stolen pets. Fireworks used to be contained to 5 November but are now set off at Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Weddings, Birthdays, etc with no prior notice or concern for domestic pets or animals in the fields. The last celebrations caused a vast amount of missing pets, many running in terror and being killed on the roads. Horses bolted out of fields and killed In Italy 'Silent Fireworks' have been the norm for years. Licence the use of fireworks

If you have a dog, or have ever seen a dog that's terrified of fireworks, like mine is, you honestly wouldn't even be asking permission to change the law. It's 90 minutes of shaking, hyperventilating and panting with absolute fear in his's a horrible thing to see, but even worse for him.

Very confusing question but like everyone else in the comment I agree they should be banned completely. You are selling explosives at the end of the day which could be used for much worse things than lights in the sky. Police and courts need much greater powers do stop any illegal use .

the bill goes way to far and will not stop anti social people obtaining and using illegal fireworks. Enforce the current regulations and let law abiding people carry on using legal fireworks in a legal setting.

There are still too many accidents involving fireworks

fireworks are a completely unnecessary public nuisance.

This is confusing as I agree and disagree with the question above! The law as it currently stands does not go far enough and big changes need to be implemented to protect vulnerable people and animals. At the moment the extent of fireworks an their misuse causes untold suffering and this really needs to be addresses. The police need to be given greater powers to police this better. I personally think there should just be organised displays that are organised on specific dates

The law doesn't go far enough.

I think the sale of fireworks to the general public should be completely prohibited, and kept to organised events where a license should be obtained prior to being able to purchase. The stress and damage they do to pets and livestock is not worth the pretty loghts and loud bangs in the sky. Even if foreworks are onky sold at specific times during the year, there is still nothing to stop people stock piling them.

This question is strangely worded and out of place as the second one on the questionnaire (the one I accessed, at least). I don’t know the extent of the proposed law but I don’t imagine it will go far enough in my view, which is that fireworks shouldn’t be sold to members of the public. I’ve selected the thumbs down icon - ie, the proposed law doesn’t go too far, but the button is lit in the ‘For’ box, suggesting that I agree that the proposal goes too far. Bad questionnaire design!

I disagree because i think there should be tougher restrictions on the sale of fireworks than proposed , if a complete ban is not possible then all banging loud fireworks should be banned from sale to the public, the horrific, anxiety/stress inducing noise these banging fireworks make is intolerable to many people and animals and can course damage to the ear drum.

One member expressed there should be no ban on fireworks and no restriction on the use of fireworks in Scotland. The use of fireworks should be available all year round and he commented that we do not live in a police state. The main consensus here was on civil liberties and he discussed this with a number of other members who understood his views but felt that restrictions would be safer but in a way that still allowed the enjoyment of wider society. (Erskine Session 3rd March)

I don't think the proposal goes far enough. Ban noisy Fireworks

I would be happy if fireworks were only available for organised displays

The proposed law does not go far enough

I don't think the proposals go far enough. Disressing to aninals any many vunerable groups of people often misused. Going off at various rimes if year.

The proposed law would never go too far as far as fireworks are concerned. Fireworks are potential weapons and need updated legislation to ensure safety to the public and animals,

I definitely do not think the law goes too far. On the contrary I think the law doesn’t go far enough, their should be a complete ban on all fireworks with no exception.

Badly worded question will lead to unreliable data.

TOO FAR ! ! Industry killing too far !!! BOTH RETAIL AND PROFESSIONAL DISPLAY . Retail will instantly be killed off. The importation and MASSIVE TAX revenue income that is currently brought into Scotland and the uk will be lost . Black market sales will rocket ! "pun intended" Only allowing certain dates and times for fireworks is absolutely absurd !!! Professional display companies rely on out of season displays such as weddings in order to survive the rest of the year .

Current law is sufficient and just needs enforcing

Fireworks and the frequency of them being set off needs restricting for public and animal safety

I dont thinknthis does go too far. The oressure it puts on emergency services is out of hand as it it they are flbeing used as weapons. The damage this does to animal welfare is off the scale and the publucs use is out if control. Something major MUST be done to enforce a control of these explosives. They are a danger to life

The more restrictions, the better. I would be happy with a total ban. They create serious pollution and terrify animals. Nobody needs fireworks - they are unnecessary and their use is selfish and irresponsible.

It doesn't go far enough. All fireworks should be banned!

its about time more control was taken over fireworks. They are dangerous and should only be used by qualified people.

THIS IS NOT A CLEAR QUESTION! I don't think the laws protect all those that suffer and the law definately doesn't go far enough! Whether it's displays or the general public, fireworks continue to disrupt and cause terror and even death to animals and humans alike. Fireworks have been allowed to continue to go off any time of the year past a reasonable hour and for long periods of time and days! Fireworks should be banned to protect all those that continue to suffer.

Far too easy for people to buy fireworks and set them off any day

partially I agree, I think the number of days people can let them off should be severely restricted, perhaps needing a licence if you want them at a wedding or special occasion

I would go for a total ban personally.

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