How Other Countries Regulate the Use of Firecrackers
In most of the western world, firecrackers are grouped into categories depending on how safe they are for the general public. Firecrackers for use by professional operators are placed in a separate class. Countries also have restrictions on consumer age and timings and period of use. Here’s a look at select countries:
Only three US states - Delaware, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Poland. Sale as Type 1, for others a permit is needed. Age New Year, were banned in many urban Massachusetts and New Jersey - ban all timings also regulated. and period curbs also imposed areas (such as Beijing) in the 1990s consumer cracker sales. Sales of small firecrackers is permitted elsewhere for certain periods, in July and Dec-Jan. However, organised displays (pyrotechnics) are legal.
Laws vary across provinces. Alberta and British Colombia do not allow explosives. Full ban in Calgary. Allowed with permit in Edmonton. In Vancouver, allowed around Halloween/ Canada Day. In Ontario, fireworks now allowed on Diwali. Forbidden on the island of Montreal
EU parliament allows smaller firecrackers. Age curbs in countries such as the Netherlands, Norway, the UK,
(depending on category) for use year round with time curbs, not allowed between 11pm and 7am; exceptions for NY, Bonfire Night (5 Nov), the Chinese New Year and Diwali.
Consumer fireworks imports strictly controlled, use overseen by professional operator; laws among strictest in the world.
Categorised under classes 1 (low risk) to 3 (med risk). Sales allowed for limited period depending on risk class. Fines for unauthorised use
Public-use fireworks classed
Bans rare in rural areas; permitted in most urban centres since 2008. Crackers, bought in the first three days of the traditional
due to security reasons; state organises New Year display in Victoria Harbour and the second day of the Chinese New Year
Full ban in 1972. Allowed in festival season in 2003, but all displays are state controlled
Small fireworks allowed, but police curbs in place during Chinese New Year, and other festivals
President Rodrigo Duterte now wants a law passed on banning firecrackers
Source: Media reports