Fireworks Contents



1 Fireworks e-petitions and the need for this inquiry

Our role

Fireworks e-petitions

Our inquiry

2 The practical implications of a ban on public sales and use

Effects of a ban on community groups and local fund-raising

Potential unintended consequences

Emergence of a black market

3 Assessing the extent of problems and empowering effective local responses

Fireworks and animals

Disproportionate effects on particular groups of people

People with health conditions and disabilities

Military veterans and combat-related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

“Year-round” fireworks

Attacks on emergency services

Anti-social behaviour and misuse of fireworks affecting communities

4 Sales, packaging and public awareness


“Pop-up” stores and sales over social media

Storage and sales by non-specialist retailers without licence

“Family-friendly” packaging

Raising awareness of the effects of fireworks


Conclusions and recommendations

Annex A: Summary of survey results

Annex B: Summary of public engagement event with military veterans, 21 May

Annex C: Summary of public engagement event with people with disabilities and health conditions, 2 July

Annex D: Roundtable meeting with community groups and explosives industry, 3 September

Annex E: Survey of school students, July 2019

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 5 November 2019