MPs to debate banning sale of fireworks to the public 

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Parliament is set to debate banning the sale of fireworks to the public after a petition was signed by hundreds of thousands of people. 

MPs will discuss whether to potentially introduce a ban on Monday (November 26).

The sale of fireworks could be banned as MPs debate petition. Picture: Keith Woodland.

The sale of fireworks could be banned as MPs debate petition. Picture: Keith Woodland.

The petition calls fireworks a ‘nuisance’ because they scare animals and children and says that the public to be banned from buying them. 

Amy Cullen, who created the petition, wrote: ‘Every year fireworks are set off unnecessarily. 
‘Fireworks are a nuisance to the public. They scare animals, young children and people with a phobia. 

‘They injure thousands of people every year. 

‘They cause damage to buildings, vehicles, emergency vehicles etc. 

‘Lastly Kids are STILL being sold them.’ 

READ MORE: This petition is calling for ban on sale of fireworks to public

If the sale of fireworks to the general public was banned, that would mean that organised displays would be only place to see them on Bonfire Night and New Years Eve. 

Responding to the petition, the Government wrote: ‘Government takes the issue of safety of fireworks very seriously.

‘Legislation is in place to control their sale, use and misuse. We have no plans to change legislation.

‘Fireworks have played a part in the UK’s history, and have been used for celebrations by many of our cultures – Christian, Hindu, Muslim - for many years.

‘We recognise the enjoyment they bring to many people and the important role that they play in bringing communities together in celebration or remembrance.

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‘Private displays allow families and friends to hold their own displays and create their own traditions, celebrating events throughout the year such as weddings and birthdays.

‘However, there is a limit on when fireworks can be set off, with a nightly curfew after 11pm every day apart from the four traditional dates, when that curfew is extended.’ 

The petition will be debated by MPs on Monday and you will be able to watch the debate on Parliament Live TV here

Do you agree with the petition and think that the sale of fireworks to the general public? Let us know in the comments below.