Midlothian MSP welcomes new fireworks powers

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie has welcomed new powers to ensure the safe use of fireworks which are set to come into force on Monday (October 10).

The legislation makes it a criminal offence for anyone to supply fireworks or other pyrotechnics to a child or person under 18.

Mr Beattie said: “I am pleased to see these powers come into effect, especially ahead of Bonfire Night. The supply of fireworks or other pyrotechnic articles to a child or person under age 18 will now be a criminal offence and those in breach of the legislation can face £5,000 fine, six-months imprisonment, or both.

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Fireworks can be enjoyed but it is vital that they are done so safety. We have seen year after year the devastating life-changing injuries fireworks cause to both humans and animals if they are in the wrong hands."

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He added: “This is a massive step to ensuring greater public safety and making Midlothian and East Lothian safer.”

The Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022 passed by the Scottish Parliament on June 29 includes a number of provisions to improve public safety across Scotland and work is progressing to ensure all powers set out in the Act are put in place in a timely manner.