BORDERERS are being urged to consider the impact of fireworks, in the lead up to Guy Fawkes Night.

Concerns are raised each year about the effects of fireworks on people and animals, and the pressure they put on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Ash Denham, minister for community safety, said: “Fireworks can be hugely damaging and distressing and that is why it is now illegal for the general public to set off fireworks before 6pm and after 11pm.

“This is an important step forward in tackling the misuse of fireworks and I encourage anyone who witnesses or has information about criminality relating to fireworks to report it, so that action can be taken to prevent further harm to our communities.”

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alasdair Perry, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s head of prevention and protection, added: “Every year people are injured by bonfires and fireworks and admitted to hospital.

“Anyone thinking of hosting a private event involving fire, flame or fireworks is asked to consider the risks.”