Public ban on fireworks not currently in plans, says PM

With Guy Fawkes night a week away, the annual debate on the safety of fireworks has again kicked off.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was asked this morning on the AM Show whether she had any plans to ban the sale of fireworks.

"These are matters where people feel very strongly in either direction," she said.

"I've talked to the ministers' offices; it's not something they're actively looking at, at this point."

New Zealand law states fireworks should only be available for purchase in the four days leading up to Guy Fawkes, that's November 2 to November 5.

Ban the Boom NZ is a group campaigning against the public sale of fireworks, on the basis that animals every year are injured by rogue explosions and scared by the loud bangs.

Alice Hayward from Ban the Boom NZ said the problem is with members of the public using fireworks outside of Guy Fawkes night.

"The public doesn't see it as 'one night a year'," Ms Hayward said.

"There are suburbs and locations that do it random hours in the night before the fifth, and many weeks and months after the fifth."

She said she lost her horse in 2013 after being spooked by the loud noises and running into a fence.

Ms Ardern said some people do hoard fireworks for use outside of Guy Fawkes night.

"We do have an issue where people tend to squirrel them away and so they're not just used at Guy Fawkes, they're used randomly throughout the year."

AM Show host Duncan Garner said fireworks were a "rite of passage" and was against the idea of a public ban.

Ms Hayward suggested the government and taxpayers fund vet bills for animals injured by fireworks.

Auckland Council has opened feedback and suggestions about the ban of public sale of fireworks in the region, which closes on December 5.

Ms Ardern said Auckland Council could feasibly ban the sale of fireworks if the proposal was to go ahead.

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