Fireworks Safety

Police Scotland is supporting local communities across the country with a range of specialist resources to keep people safe around Bonfire Night.

A number of specially-trained officers will be deployable within the North, West and East of Scotland to support local officers during this busy period.

With many organised bonfire events cancelled across Scotland in light of the coronavirus pandemic, anyone planning their own garden bonfire is urged to be considerate towards neighbours and pets when setting off fireworks.

It is safer, better for the environment and often less expensive to attend organised public firework displays.

A list of organised events can be found at

It is now ILLEGAL for the general public to set fireworks off before 6pm and after 11pm in the evening (this extends to midnight on 5th November and 1am on New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali).

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.

For more information visit SFRS fireworks safety page