||Feb. 13th, 2003 01:49 pm|
A proposed crackdown on sales of fireworks has won government support. |
Fireworks would only be allowed to be sold for three weeks around 5 November.
considering it was the Government's own use of fireworks in 1999/2000 that popularised the use of fireworks for New Year's Eve, I suspect they don't have a leg to stand on. Also, what about British people of other religions where fireworks are traditionally used to celebrate religious festivals? Even Greek Orthodox Christians use fireworks on feast days, while many Hindus hold firework displays for Diwali, their 'festival of light'. Chinese New Year is also a traditionally noisy and colourful festival.
It's already illegal to advertise the sale of fireworks any time other than around Guy Fawkes Night anyway. To move to restrict the sale/use of fireworks will put many British firework companies into dire straits, and also dramatically affect shops (such as Games and Puzzles, to state my vested interest) who sell fireworks all year round
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While i know the general idea of making fireworks, i don't know all the particulars, so my idea would be buy a rocket before the law comes in and keep it safe and dry until Midsummer, because i can't make them yet...
Actually, the reportig on this issue has been uniformly crap. It will in fact still be possible to buy fireworks throughout the year, but retailers selling them outside the three-week period around Guy Fawkes will have to have a higher-level licence, presumably with more rigorous controls on safety.
The main problem I see with it is that people may be encouraged to buy lots at Guy Fawkes and stockpile them till their family occasion or religious celebration of choice. This did not seem to be a problem when I was growing up in Germany, which allows no fireworks sales at any time of year other than a period of (IIRC) about ten days around New Year, but Germany was a much more homogeneous society then than Britain is now. My own preferred solution would be to ban sales of fireworks all year round, including Guy Fawkes, to anyone who doesn't hold the professional qualification (I forget what it's called - the one Clare G has, anyway).
Maybe could get them on racial/religious discrimination for religious festivals like Diwali? (Probably couldn't, is just a thought).
Of course if they ban the *sale* of fireworks outside of November...that means we'll have to make them instead...right?
You know sometimes i love being a Materials Scientist.
Any requests for colours to learn to do?