What this consultation is about
This consultation consists of two sections. The first considers changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland; while the second section considers the use of pyrotechnic devices.
More specifically, Section 1 seeks views on four changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland to ensure fireworks are used safely, handled with care and do not cause harm, distress or injury; while Section 2 considers the use of pyrotechnic devices and specifically whether it should be an offence to carry a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and whether police powers should be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.
Why are we consulting
Section 1: In the response to the Fireworks Review Group Final report, the Minister for Community Safety announced her intention to implement the Fireworks Review Group recommendations as a matter of urgency, subject to the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections, in order to ensure further positive change is in place for communities going forward.
The Scottish Government is therefore seeking views on the introduction of four specific requirements in law in relation to the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland as set out by the recommendations of the Fireworks Review Group.
We are keen to get practical feedback on the introduction of legislation from those who use and enjoy fireworks as well as those affected by fireworks including vulnerable groups, pet and animal owners, and from local authorities, enforcement agencies, the fireworks industry, retailers and other organisations that have a role or interest in fireworks.
Section 2: The Scottish Government is also seeking views on what action could be taken to reduce the misuse of pyrotechnic devices. In particular we are seeking views on a new offence in relation to carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and for police powers to be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence. We are also keen to get views on whether this proposed new power of search should enable the police to stop and search a vehicle.
How to get involved
Respondents are able to answer either the first or second sections, or to answer both sections.
This consultation was launched on 20 June 2021 and will run until 15 August 2021. You can submit a response at any time before the closing date. To give us your views, please click here https://consult.gov.scot/. There are no restrictions on who can respond to the consultation.
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