Representing the UK Explosives Industry
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  • Although the petition addressed consumer items there is concern about the debate extending discussion to all use of fireworks.  We have obvious sympathies with those affected but do not believe restrictions on use are merited, justified or would really be enforceable
  • The key to managing consumer or public firework displays and their effect on people/animals etc is education and information – education in terms of what is appropriate to use where (and when) and then informing those who might be affected so that they can take any necessary measures
  • The industry is happy to work with Govt. and others to promote this and to develop and distribute guidance where appropriate.  We have already done this to an extent and used to have reasonable relations with the RSPCA (but they have jumped on this bandwagon and are using it to further old aims – not genuinely address the issue – see for instance yesterday’s press)
  • Consumer displays are watched by approx. 12 million people, professional displays by a similar amount (but there is obvious overlap).  The pleasure, financial benefit (to organisations, charities and others, as well as those in the trade) etc is obvious.  The number of complaints is very small and the safety record of the UK is probably the best in Europe
  • The noise limits already imposed are quite strict, but are realistic.  The RSPCA’s call for 95dB is unjustified and has little scientific backing – 95dB is roughly the sound level made by dropping a heavy book on a table as witnessed 1m away
  • UK Industry through the BPA has worked tirelessly with HSE and BIS to promote the safe and appropriate use of fireworks.  They have also been at the forefront of developing new European Standards, producing guidance and establishing a qualification which is endorsed by City & Guilds.  We are a responsible industry who take those responsibilities seriously
  • We fully support attempts to crack down on the illegal import or manufacture and use of fireworks

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