Views are being sought on how new ‘control zones’ could be used to tackle firework misuse.

Several local residents have complained about this type of anti-social behaviour, particularly around Bonfire Night and the festive season.

However, a key part of the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act which was passed last year will give local authorities the power to designate areas where fireworks will only be allowed as part of a public display or for a limited number of regulatory or business purposes.

An online workshop will take place later this month to give residents the chance to provide feedback on the proposals and help shape guidance for council chiefs on how to consider and establish the new control zones once the legislation comes into force this summer.

Powers in the Act which are already in place include making it a criminal offence for anyone to supply fireworks or other pyrotechnic items to someone under the age of 18.

Attacks on emergency workers using fireworks have also become aggravating factors that can be taken into account when courts sentence offenders.

Community Safety Minister Elena Whitham said: 
“I would absolutely urge communities and members of the public to engage in this session, which will give people an opportunity to have their say in how control zones will work and help us address some of the issues caused by the use and dangerous misuse of fireworks.

“As part of the commencement of Firework Control Zones, the Scottish Government is producing guidance for local authorities and this workshop will provide communities with a chance to directly feed into the advice on how these control zones will work.

“This essential step demonstrates our commitment to improving the safety of fireworks in communities.”

The online workshop will take place on Friday, March 31, from 2pm until 4pm.

To sign up, visit