Police urge members of the public to enjoy Fireworks Night responsibly

Police Scotland is urging people to enjoy the festivities but to use fireworks safely, responsibly and with consideration for others.
Police Scotland is urging people to enjoy the festivities but to use fireworks safely, responsibly and with consideration for others.

As Fireworks Night approaches Police Scotland is urging people to enjoy the festivities but to use fireworks safely, responsibly and with consideration for others.

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."

He added: "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."