Midlothian MSP calls on locals to celebrate safely this bonfire night

Stock Photo by Walter Neilson.Stock Photo by Walter Neilson.
Stock Photo by Walter Neilson.
Local MSP Christine Grahame has called on people to make sure they are responsible with fireworks in the run up to Friday, November 5, and are aware of new regulations on their use.

On November 5 specifically, they can be used by the general public only from 6pm until midnight.

Speaking about the upcoming celebrations this week, Ms Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said: “Ultimately, the safest and best option for those wanting to celebrate this bonfire night is to go to a professional display of which there are a number in the Lothians and Borders, although these of course may be limited due to Covid.

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“I appreciate there will be those who for a number of reasons hold their own displays, and in that event I’d encourage them to make sure they’re aware of the new legislation, especially around times fireworks can be let off, and adhere to it.

“Having fixed times helps those who may have difficulties with fireworks, for example pet owners, farmers, combat veterans or those with sensory sensitivities, prepare. This is particularly important this year given the abundance of ‘lockdown puppies’ who may not be used to such loud noises – the SSPCA has advice on it’s website on this.

“Above and beyond the legislation please also be responsible: check any bonfire piles for wildlife, don’t let fireworks off near livestock, advise your neighbours in advance if you can and try to limit the fireworks part of the evening to one specific time window.”