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Fireworks (Amendment) Bill

Fireworks (Amendment) Bill






amend the Fireworks Act 2003; and for connected purposes.                                               

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


Amendment of Fireworks Act 2003


In the Fireworks Act 2003 (c. 22) ("the 2003 Act"), the following is inserted after

section 5—


Prohibitions to include loud category 3 fireworks


Where fireworks regulations impose a prohibition for a purpose


referable to any of the consequences set out in section 2(2)(a) or (b), the

fireworks to which the prohibition relates must include loud fireworks

of category 3.


For the purposes of this Act a “loud firework” is a firework which does

not meet the noise requirement set out in subsection (3).



The noise requirement is that the firework is materially identical to a

specimen which, on testing in accordance with the relevant standard,

was found to produce a noise, measured in accordance with the

relevant standard, not exceeding 97 dBAI.


For the purposes of this section—



Part 3 of the British Standard Specification mentioned in section

1(1)(a) shall have effect subject to the modifications set out in

Schedule 1,


the Secretary of State shall by fireworks regulations specify such

modifications to any provisions of a British Standard


Specification wholly or partly replacing that Part as he

considers necessary to ensure that the replacement provisions

have substantially the same effect as that Part as modified by

Schedule 1, and


in this section the “relevant standard” means that Part, or its


replacement, with those modifications.

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Fireworks (Amendment) Bill




The new Schedule set out in Schedule 1 to this Act is inserted immediately

before the Schedule to the 2003 Act and becomes Schedule 1 to that Act.


The Schedule to the 2003 Act is numbered Schedule 2.


Consequential amendments

Schedule 2 (consequential amendments) has effect.



Short title, commencement and extent


This Act may be cited as the Fireworks (Amendment) Act 2006.


This Act comes into force at the end of the period of three months beginning

with the date on which it is passed.


This Act extends to England and Wales only.



Fireworks (Amendment) Bill
Schedule 2 — Consequential amendments




Schedule 1

Section 1(2)


New Schedule 1 to the 2003 Act


Before the Schedule to the 2003 Act there is inserted—

“Schedule 1


Section 5A(4)


Modifications to Part 3 of BS 7114 for the Purposes of section 5A


The following text is added at the end of the “procedure”

subsection of each of sections 3 to 27 of Part 3 so far as relating to

devices in category 3—


Noise testing: category 3 fireworks



The purpose of this test is to measure the impulsive sound

pressure produced by the aural effects of the device.


Place the device at a height of one metre above the ground. Ignite

the device.


Measure and record LAImax for the duration of the aural effects of


the device, using a sound measuring device which conforms to

type 1 of BS EN 61672-1:2003 and BS EN 61672-2:2003 with a free-

field microphone at a testing point one metre above ground and at

a horizontal distance of 15 metres from the device.”


The following text is added at the end of the “test report”


subsection of each such section—

“( )   

the measurements recorded on noise testing.””

Schedule 2

Section 2


Consequential amendments

The Fireworks Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1836)



The Fireworks Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1836) are amended in their

application to England and Wales as follows.


In regulation 3 (interpretation), insert at the appropriate place—

““loud category 3 firework” means a category 3 firework which

is a loud firework (within the meaning given by s. 5A(3) of


the 2003 Act);”.


In the heading before regulation 5 (prohibition of possession of category 4

fireworks), after “category 4” insert “and loud category 3”.



Fireworks (Amendment) Bill
Schedule 2 — Consequential amendments




In regulation 5, after “firework” insert “or loud category 3”.


In paragraph (1) of regulation 7 (prohibition of use of certain fireworks at

night), after “firework” insert “or a loud category 3 firework”.


For regulation 8 (prohibition of supply of excessively loud category 3

fireworks), substitute—



Prohibition of supply of loud category 3 fireworks


8. No person shall supply, or offer or agree to supply, any loud category 3




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