28 Oct 2018

Fizzle or fire: Should Auckland Council ban fireworks?

2:35 pm on 28 October 2018

Auckland Council is calling for submissions on whether it should petition the government to ban the sale of fireworks in the city.

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Feedback is wanted on whether firework sales to the public should be banned in Auckland. Photo: 123RF

Councillor Linda Cooper said Aucklanders were split between those who loved Guy Fawkes and setting off fireworks on 5 November, and those who prefer sleep, or worry about safety and animal well-being.

The council is reviewing the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw and wants to hear public views on the issue by 5 December.

"There seems to be a bit of a ground-swell of the public saying, 'let's ban private sales'," Ms Cooper said.

"So let's ask the question: Do you think we should advocate to the government to ban private sales?"

Public fireworks displays would still be allowed if the council gets the go-ahead from locals and the government agrees.

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