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Fireworks overnight on 31 January 2022

Complaints about fireworks overnight on 31 January 2022, possibly coming from Portswood Rec. Likely to be to celebrate Chinese New Year which is on 1 February 2022.

According to regulations made under the Fireworks Act 2003, it is an offence for anyone to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am). The only exemptions to this law are on 5 November when you can set them off until midnight and New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali when they can be set off until 1am.

Enforcement rests with the police who have the power to issue penalty notices of £80.

https://www.southampton.gov.uk/environmental-issues/environmental-health/noise/firework-noise/

One representative referred to the following Petition for signature: The Misuse of Fireworks Bill. This is supported by local MP Alan Whitehad and was presented in Parliament on 21 January 2022 for its 2nd reading. The transcript can be read here. The debate was adjourned to be resumed on Friday 18 March 2022.