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Stay Safe This Bonfire Night

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public about how to stay safe on Bonfire Night.

It is illegal for the general public to use fireworks before 6pm or after 11pm (this extends to midnight on 5 November and 1am on Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali). It is illegal for adults to buy or supply fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 – with the exception of F1 fireworks.

Examples of F1 fireworks include party poppers, novelty crackers and certain sparklers.  The category of firework is legally required to be displayed on product packaging.

If you are unable to attend an organised display, we would ask you to consider the impact of fireworks on people and animals. It is often children rather than adults who are injured by fireworks.

The noise and lights that fireworks emit can also be overwhelming for people with a sensory impairment and those with neurological differences such as autism. Animals can also find fireworks particularly distressing.

We strongly encourage anyone who does wish to host a private event to familiarise themselves with our firework code and fire safety guidance.

Organised bonfire and firework displays in Orkney :

  • Kirkwall: Peedie Sea, 7pm, 5th November
  • Papa Westray: Nouster Field, 4th November
  • Rousay: Road near turbine, 5th November, 6.30 – 8pm
  • Shapinsay: adjacent to the school, 7pm, 4th November
  • Stromness: Coplands Dock, 7pm, 5th November

Click on this link for a full list of organised displays for Scotland

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