Date: 17th July 2021
Pyrotechnics have often been a part of football cultures across Europe, particularly in some eastern European nations where hundreds of flairs are part of the matchday experience. However, in the UK, the use of pyrotechnics are banned within football stadiums as they can cause bodily harm to the user and/or others whilst also damaging the pitch if thrown. Although some fans across Scotland have used pyrotechnics, and may see them as a tool to improve an atmosphere at games and add another element to a fans arsenal at matchdays, the UK and Scottish Government have made it clear the use of such tools are prohibited.
The Scottish government is now seeking further consultation and wish to know your thoughts and views on 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.
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 the 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 the 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.
the questions can be answered here: Use and Sale of Fireworks in Scotland, and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics – Scottish Government – Citizen Space (consult.gov.scot)
The consultation is open until the 15th of August. More information can be found here.
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