Home Affairs Minister Len Norman has lodged a proposition calling for the introduction of specified times when fireworks can be ‘supplied and used’ and when displays can be run.
Each Constable would be the ‘licensing authority’ for displays in their parish.
In the proposition, Mr Norman said: ‘As Members will be aware, firework displays are no longer confined to the traditional
5 November celebrations – often displays are requested for religious events, and other events such as the Battle of Flowers, Royal Jubilees or New Year celebrations.
‘Events such as these occasionally lead to complaints being received by the authorities regarding the use of fireworks without permission being granted, or being used without giving notice to those who may be affected.
‘In order to place some control over this, Article 8 of the amending law seeks to amend the law to specify times when fireworks or other pyrotechnic articles may be supplied or used, and when public displays may be operated.’
He added that those in breach of the law could face a parish hall inquiry and a fine of up to £200, if the proposals are approved.
The proposition, which does not specify the times when fireworks can be used, is due to be debated on Tuesday 30 April.