Sale and Use of Fireworks in Scotland – Consultation Response
Over the summer the Scottish Government consulted on potential new measures for Scotland to tackle noise, nuisance and asb problems associated with fireworks. The IOA Scottish Branch responded to points raised relevant to acoustics.
While no view is taken as to whether a licensing system should be introduced to cover the possession and use of fireworks, the branch considers local authorities are best placed to administer any scheme, given their existing responsibility and competency in licensing, noise assessment, noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
• Restricting firework use
The branch view is that restriction of sale to limited dates will reduce issues relating to noise from fireworks.
• No firework areas
A proposal for banning fireworks from some areas is supported. Firework free areas could cover, for example, areas with livestock or populations with particular sensitivity to noise. It is likely tranquil areas identified by national noise mapping are often the places where organised fireworks displays take place e.g. large parks in urban areas, so it is unlikely to be appropriate to identify no-firework zones by reference to existing noise levels. Local authority noise teams are considered the agency best suited to enforcing any such areas.
• Business And Regulatory Impact Assessment in relation to the sale and use of fireworks
On technical assessment – the branch requested clarity on the proposed noise level limit of 120 dB for fireworks when they are set off. They advised a distance and relevant acoustic metric and weighting should be used, or a reference be provided to the standard or legislation where the number is taken from, for example BS EN 15947 - Pyrotechnic articles. Fireworks, Categories 1, 2, and 3.
Information on the consultation can be found here - https://consult.gov.scot/justice/use-and-sale-of-fireworks-in-scotland/