This Friday the night sky will light up as Bonfire Night kicks off with bursts of color and sounds of cracks and booms.
But with all of this good fun comes the potential for mishaps and the danger that is part of igniting fireworks.
Breaking the law has major consequences, as people found selling or using fireworks illegally can be fined indefinitely and jailed for up to six months. You could also be fined £ 90 on the spot.
The Scottish Police are responsible for enforcing regulations relating to the use of fireworks.
New measures adopted by the Scottish government in June entitled ‘The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021’ have cracked down on the use of fireworks.
Laws regulate when fireworks can be used, when they can be purchased, and in what quantities.
How to report misuse of fireworks
The charity CrimeStoppers is organizing a campaign to tackle fireworks abuse across Scotland and highlight the new regulations in place.
It is supported by the Scottish Government’s Building Safer Communities group.
As part of the CrimeStoppers campaign, people can anonymously call 0800 555 111 to report fireworks misuse.
Affected Scots can also report fireworks misuse or deliberate arson to the Scottish Police by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
Additionally, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) advises: “If this seems wrong or dangerous to you, stay away. Know what to do if someone is injured or if you see something that worries you.
New fireworks laws in Scotland
Miscellaneous Fireworks Modification Regulations 2021 (Scotland)
- restrict the hours of the day when fireworks can be used by the general public between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. (subject to the exemption dates detailed below)
- restrict the hours of the day when fireworks can be provided to the general public during the daytime hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., in addition to existing requirements for retailers regarding sales and storage licenses
- limit the amount of fireworks that can be supplied to the general public to 5 kg at a time