Clackmannanshire & Dunblane MSP Keith Brown has welcomed the introduction of a consultation on the Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill at Holyrood.
The consultation follows the response of an independent working group on fireworks, which recommended tightening legislation to reduce the harm fireworks cause.
Commenting, Keith Brown MSP said:
“The Scottish Government consulted on fireworks in 2019 and the results were clear that this is an important issue.
“That’s why this eight-week consultation will ask members of the public to share their views on a new proposed criminal offence around carrying pyrotechnics devices - such as fireworks - in public spaces without justifiable cause.
“In addition to this, people can give their thoughts on extending the powers of the police to be able to stop and search in relation to fireworks and pyrotechnics, as well as around making it illegal for an adult to supply fireworks to a person under the age of 18.
“I urge local residents to go online and fill in the consultation, this will help inform policy in an area that affects so many people - particularly over the festive period.”
Stirling MP Alyn Smith, who ran his own consultation with residents on firework usage last year, said:
“My residents’ survey received thousands of responses, most all of them saying the same thing: people want to see tougher action on fireworks and those who misuse them.
“In fact, many of those who responded to my survey wanted an outright ban on the private use of fireworks.
“I’m pleased that what is being proposed here takes these concerns on board. Fireworks can be a great way to add to celebrations, but they can also cause misery for other residents, pets, livestock, and wildlife.”