FIREWORKS should be limited to organised displays Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has said.
Mr Sheerman’s thoughts were revealed during a House of Commons debate into firework safety on Thursday.
A week before fireworks night on November 5, MPs were discussing the success of 2003 legislation to limit the sale of fireworks.
Mr Sheerman told the house, that despite Huddersfield based Standard Fireworks, the UK’s largest manufacturer, being on his patch, he thought they should not be for sale to the general public.
He said: “The safest place for fireworks is around a proper community fire with community fireworks, not in people's backyards.
“ I know that I have made myself unpopular on this subject, but that would be the best option and a much less polluting one, given the amount of pollution given off by the hundreds of thousands of bonfires up and down the country.”
Ian Lucas MP from the Department for Business replied: “The Government have considered this issue over many years, but we have taken the view that it is part of our culture and can be dealt with as we are dealing with it — through a balanced approach and allowing, with limitations, the use of fireworks in a private environment.”