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The Scottish Government’s consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks will close on Monday with more than 16,000 responses now received.

The public’s views will inform on-going discussions about whether changes to the regulation of fireworks in Scotland are needed, following concerns about their misuse and the potential impact on public safety and animal welfare.

Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham said:“Over the past three months we have had a phenomenal response to our fireworks consultation with more than 16,000 people responding.

“This is clearly an issue which many people feel passionate about and, while the existing legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, I am determined to do all I can to reduce any negative impact on our communities.

“The public’s views will be absolutely vital in shaping our approach and with our consultation closing on Monday I would urge everyone with an interest to respond to ensure their voice is heard.”

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