Bid to ban private fireworks rejected

A move seeking a blanket ban on the private use of fireworks has been knocked back.

A parliamentary committee responded to an online petition with more than 30,000 signatures calling for a ban on private fireworks because of the distress it causes to animals, the public nuisance and the injuries fireworks can cause to people.

Newstalk ZB reported the committee pointed out many New Zealanders value backyard fireworks as a family tradition and most people use fireworks safely and responsibly.

The committee warned extending current restrictions on firework use could be too difficult to enforce, the very reason a ban on private fireworks wasn't adopted back in 2006.

Family First New Zealand director Bob McCoskrie said banning fireworks would have been an over-reaction.

"This is a common sense decision from the politicians, and now it is up to families to apply common sense and appropriate supervision while enjoying the festivities around Guy Fawkes Day."

Mr McCoskrie said there was a risk involved with fireworks, just like there were risks in many everyday activities.

"It is impossible to take away all risk, and to do so would actually do more harm than good. There is even risk associated with public fireworks displays as we witnessed at an All Blacks test at Eden Park last year.

"Rather than taking away the fun and joy of fireworks, we should be promoting a safety message and encourage parents to strongly supervise any use of fireworks."

 

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