From Keighley News, October 29th, 2019
Written by David Knights
KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan has signed two House of Commons motions calling for law changes to protect people and pets from improper use of fireworks. He is arguing for a new law similar to that already in place in Northern Ireland where a licence must be obtained for the use as well as the sale of fireworks. He is also asking for a big reduction in the maximum noise limit for fireworks on sale to members of the public, currently set at 120 decibels. Mr Grogan said: “At this time of year, I am getting more emails about fireworks – many from pet owners – than I am about Brexit.
“Bradford Council are to be commended for undertaking a review regarding policy within the district but action is also needed at a national level. I hope Parliament will legislate on firework safety before Bonfire Night 2020.”
The first motion acknowledged the distress faced by individuals and families as a result of the improper use of fireworks before and during bonfire night.
The second motion welcomed the RSPCA report Bang Out Of Order which the most dogs, cats and horses show signs of distress as a result of fireworks.
The motion added: “We support the recommendations of the report to limit public sales of fireworks closer to the agreed traditional dates, the reduction of the maximum noise levels, and the licensing of all public displays.”