Colin Beattie MSP welcomed new powers to ensure the safe use of fireworks which are set to come into force on Monday 10 October.
The legislation makes it a criminal offence for anyone to supply fireworks or other pyrotechnic articles to a child or person under 18.
The Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022 passed by the Scottish Parliament on 29 June 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.
SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie commented:
“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.
“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.
“This is a massive step to ensuring greater public safety and making Midlothian and East Lothian safer.”
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