Warning to Scots as major shake-up to fireworks law comes into effect IN DAYS

A MAJOR crackdown on the use of fireworks comes into effect next week.

Legislation making it a criminal offense for anyone to provide fireworks or other pyrotechnic articles to persons under 18 comes into force on Monday.


A major change to the fireworks law comes into force on Monday.

From the same date, attacks on emergency responders using fireworks or pyrotechnics will also be specifically prohibited.

The measures are set out in the Fireworks and Pyrotechnics (Scotland) Act 2022 passed by the Scottish Parliament on June 29.

The main powers come into force before bonfire night.

It comes after restrictions were introduced on when fireworks can be used, when they can be bought and how much can be sold was introduced last year.

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Work is progressing to enact other powers set out in the law, including the introduction of a fireworks licensing system, with mandatory safety training, for those wishing to purchase and use fireworks. fireworks, and the introduction of powers for local authorities to designate fireworks control areas.

Community Safety Minister Ash Regan said: ‘These important new powers have come at the pace and criminalize anyone who supplies fireworks or other pyrotechnical items to a child or person under 18 years old.

“Fireworks in the wrong hands can cause serious life-altering injuries or even prove fatal. Preventing their supply – in any way – to under-18s is a very welcome measure that will bring greater public safety across Scotland.

“It is also extremely important that rapid work has moved forward, which will see the hardworking and brave 999 crews – who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe – better protected.

“Any attack on firefighters, paramedics and police crews is utterly despicable, so ensure courts are bound to consider the use of fireworks or pyrotechnics as a possible aggravating factor. in any attack on 999 crew is a real deterrent against such despicable behavior.

“Work is now progressing to see other provisions set out in the groundbreaking legislation come into effect. These are essential steps that demonstrate our absolute commitment to making communities safer across Scotland. »

Chief Inspector Nicola Robison of Police Scotlandof’s Partnerships, Preventions and Community Wellbeing Division, said:

“Fireworks, when not used legally, pose a significant risk to the public and preventing such items from being purchased by or for anyone under the age of 18 is of vital importance to ensure the community safety.

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“The purchase of fireworks for young minors can result in a £5,000 fine, six months imprisonment, or both, and our message is clear. Don’t risk it. Help us prevent the mess , damage and violence during the period of Bonfire Night.

“The new aggravating attacks on emergency service workers is also a welcome legislative change and should give all frontline first responders added assurance that their safety and well-being is paramount in carrying out their duties. functions.”

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