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Call me a killjoy but it’s time to ban the sale of fireworks

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LIKE thousands of others, I’ll be heading down to the city’s organised fireworks display at Glasgow Green tonight and will no doubt enjoy the colour that light up the sky, the sights, sounds and smells of Guy Fawkes night.

Guy Fawkes “night” is what this ritual is supposed to be, a one-off chance for people to come together and make some noise in an organised, safe manner.

The reality for many is far less harmless, however, as fireworks and bangers in reckless young hands from Halloween till Christmas continues to create havoc, misery and danger.

Call me a killjoy if you must, but it’s time to stop enabling this bad behaviour once and for all by banning the general sale of fireworks. Indeed, I find it impossible to fathom why these dangerous weapons weren’t withdrawn from sale years ago.

It has been long known and accepted that teenagers and fireworks simply don’t mix, yet we are still failing to ensure they don’t come into contact with one another.

Since the very concept of the teenager was invented (and probably well before) naughty boys have run amok with fireworks - particularly in more deprived communities – letting them off in residential streets and behind garages, sometimes putting them through........

© Herald Scotland