New offence of possessing pyrotechnic articles at music events

A new offence of possession of pyrotechnic articles at qualifying musical events came into force from 3rd April, in time for the start of the 2017 music festival season.

The Home Office is now looking to ensure proprietors of these musical events are aware of the offence and the added lever it brings to them to prevent attendees bringing in pyrotechnic devices without their permission.

 They in turn are likely to want to consider ways to communicate this to their customers, it says. This might include signs on entrances to venues/transportation to the event, notification on the back of tickets and notification included in information emails to attendees before events.

The Home Office Press Office is also exploring opportunities to proactively promote the commencement of the new offence of possession of pyrotechnics to relevant audiences. 

New Regulations provide that a qualifying musical event is one that is provided to any extent for members of the public or a section of the public, and takes place on premises in respect of which a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 (the 2003 Act) has been granted that authorises the premises to be used for the provision of regulated entertainment in the form of a performance of live music.