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End the 24-7 year-round firework misery

Speaking in Parliament, the Labour MP for Bradford South, Judith Cummins, called on the Government to reduce the legal decibel limit for Commercial fireworks.

Anti-social firework use is recognised as a serious issue across Bradford and poses a year-round noise nuisance to residents. Concerns were recently raised at a meeting of Bradford Council’s Corporate Scrutiny Committee and Bradford Council has called for action on a national level to tackle to issue.

Currently, the legal decibel limit for commercial fireworks is 120 decibels, which is the equivalent noise level of a Chainsaw or a Pneumatic Drill. It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, apart from on a handful of recognised occasions such as Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.

Professionally choreographed displays are one way of enjoying fireworks responsibly (Image: TH)

Speaking in the House of Commons, Judith proposed a reduction in the maximum legal volume of fireworks:

‘In my constituency of Bradford South, the antisocial and illegal use of fireworks continues to affect law-abiding residents and our pets.’

‘Will the Minister commit to reducing the legal decibel limit of commercial fireworks from 120 decibels to 90 decibels or less?’

A 90 decibel sound is equivalent to a ringing telephone, or a dog bark. This would mean quieter fireworks that cannot be heard from greater distances. Compliant, low-noise fireworks, which are constructed to minimize their sound footprint while providing the same spectacular visual effects, are readily available.

Responding, Home Secretary James Cleverly said:

“It seems a thoughtful proposal. I will give it due consideration but I can’t make a commitment at this point.”

Speaking following the exchange, Judith said:

"The misuse of fireworks is a 24/7 round-the-clock blight across Bradford. Their misuse causes unacceptable stress and anxiety to people and pets."

"Limits on the maximum noise of fireworks would mean they can still be enjoyed while minimising their disruptive impact."


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