Thousands Sign Petition To Ban The Sale Of Fireworks In UK
It's that time of year again where families gather in parks and scout huts across the country to set off colourful fireworks, play with sparklers, and watch as an effigy of a 17th century Catholic rebel smoulders on a bonfire.
Majestic, I think you'll agree.
But apparently not everyone feels the same - more than 180,000 people have signed a petition to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public in the UK, because of the danger they pose.
Started by Amy Cullen, the petition, which has had 181,633 signatures so far, says: "Every year fireworks are set off unnecessarily.
"Fireworks are a nuisance to the public.
"They scare animals, young children and people with a phobia.
"They injure thousands of people every year.
"They cause damage to buildings, vehicles, emergency vehicles etc.
"Lastly, kids are STILL being sold them."
Last month Greater Manchester Police (GMP) chief Ian Hopkins said the same 'over-18' laws for alcohol that also apply to fireworks are not enough, and they needed to be banned to reduce anti-social behaviour.
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And other people shared his concerns - on Sunday, Fiona Hohmann woke to find her horse, Solo, had died after being terrified during a fireworks display.
The horse ran around so much in panic and fear that he suffered a 'twisted gut' and died. Fiona shared the photos of the deceased animal to teach people a lesson about the reaction that animals have to fireworks.
In a poll of LADbible readers, 60 percent agreed that fireworks shouldn't be sold to the general public.
One person wrote: "People are getting fireworks and setting them off through people's letterboxes, aiming them at windows and putting them under buses. There are fires and injuries. This is all legal. Ban them from public sale or have a license introduced to buy them! This isn't safe!"
Another agreed, saying: "Mini explosives should not be for sale to the general public - that's a no brainer."
Meanwhile a third person posted: "They don't need to ban them, just restrict sales. Only sell them for the few days leading up to bonfire night, not two weeks before."
Some said that fireworks need to be controlled because of the effect the noise can have on animals and people who have mental health issues.
Animal welfare groups want them banned. The police don't like them. Now a petition calling for fireworks to be removed from public sale has more than 160,000 signatures. What do you think?
- LADbible (@ladbible) November 6, 2018
One reader said: "This should be banned! some people including pets are seriously disturbed by this and caused many mental health complications! Sometimes it's so many it feels like living in war zone! #STOP."
Others felt a total ban on general sales was too far and that bonfires were a great way of bringing communities together.
And another person wrote: "Limit the sales to individuals, when they can be bought and when they can be used. They bring people together and help communities bond. They shouldn't be banned completely - that's far too rash. just control the use, same with anything dangerous really."
The petition will now be debated in the Houses of Parliament.
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