Enjoy Fireworks Night responsibly

Enjoy Fireworks Night responsibly that is the message from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

Over the past few years new legislation has come into force to help ensure the safe use of fireworks and police officers are keen to make the public aware of this legislation, allowing everyone to enjoy the night safely. To this end, Police Scotland is committed to educating the public and advising them of the essential parts of what the law states.

Chief Inspector Wallace said

Adults should be aware and make their children aware that it is an offence to supply a firework, either for payment or given freely, to any person under the age of 18. Furthermore, it is an offence for any persons under the age of 18 to be in possession of a firework in a public place. It is important to realise that not everyone is a fan of fireworks and their use should not encroach on anyone else’s quality of life. Please be aware of the legislation, follow the instructions on the box, do not misuse fireworks and be mindful of the safety of others, in particular young children and animals.

Along with our community safety partners in all 3 local authority areas, we in North East Division are committed to keeping our communities safe and while we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe night we would also ask residents across the North East to demonstrate consideration for others.

Advice from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is to attend a safely organised bonfire and firework display. However if you must have a bonfire at home make sure it is well away from buildings, vehicles, trees, hedges, fences, power lines, telecommunications equipment and sheds – and you must ensure that smoke does not cause a nuisance to neighbours or flying embers endanger neighbouring property.

  • Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks – remember it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place.
  • To reduce the emission of harmful smoke and combustion products bonfires should comprise of untreated wood and paper based materials only.
  • There is a danger of explosion from pressurised containers or sealed vessels amongst bonfire material or irresponsibly thrown on burning bonfires.
  • Never throw fireworks on bonfires.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite bonfires – use proprietary fire lighters.
  • Smoke from bonfires must not pose a public nuisance, affect visibility on roads or otherwise inconvenience vehicles.
  • Sparks, flying embers or burning debris must not endanger nearby property.
  • Never leave a burning/smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it is completely extinguished.

Bonfires and Fireworks – the law

  • It is an offence under Section 56 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 for any person to lay or light a fire in a public place so as to endanger any other person or give them reasonable cause for alarm or annoyance or so as to endanger any property.
  • It is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to possess fireworks.
  • Throwing fireworks or setting them off in a public place (anywhere other than your own garden) is illegal.
  • You are not permitted to use fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am on any day except on 5 November when the curfew extends to midnight.

Adults and children should follow the Fireworks Code.

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