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Suppliers selling fireworks in Gateshead encouraged to stock quieter versions

fireworks at Saltwell Park

Suppliers selling fireworks in Gateshead will be encouraged to stock quieter versions for public display in a bid to reduce the alarm and distress suffered by vulnerable people and animals.

At a full meeting of the Council it was acknowledged that the unpredictable, loud and high intensity noise made by fireworks can cause fear and distress in vulnerable people, pets, farm animals and wildlife. They can particularly have an impact on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Councillor Angela Douglas told the meeting there is a need to raise awareness about the impact of fireworks. She said: "We want to encourage the wider public to be considerate of those vulnerable people, pets, horses and livestock who can suffer fear and stress from loud bangs."

The Council agreed to require that all public firework displays in Gateshead are advertised in advance, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people. It will also encourage local suppliers to stock quieter fireworks for public display.

The Council will also write to the Government urging it to introduce laws to limit the maximum noise levels of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private displays.

In addition, it will also call on Government ministers to bring firework sales around bonfire night in line with New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, reducing the time period in which they can be bought.

fireworks at Saltwell Park
29 January 2020

Suppliers selling fireworks in Gateshead will be encouraged to stock quieter versions for public display in a bid to reduce the alarm and distress suffered by vulnerable people and animals.

At a full meeting of the Council it was acknowledged that the unpredictable, loud and high intensity noise made by fireworks can cause fear and distress in vulnerable people, pets, farm animals and wildlife. They can particularly have an impact on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Councillor Angela Douglas told the meeting there is a need to raise awareness about the impact of fireworks. She said: "We want to encourage the wider public to be considerate of those vulnerable people, pets, horses and livestock who can suffer fear and stress from loud bangs."

The Council agreed to require that all public firework displays in Gateshead are advertised in advance, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people. It will also encourage local suppliers to stock quieter fireworks for public display.

The Council will also write to the Government urging it to introduce laws to limit the maximum noise levels of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private displays.

In addition, it will also call on Government ministers to bring firework sales around bonfire night in line with New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, reducing the time period in which they can be bought.

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