Emergency services are reminding of the dangers of fireworks after organisers raised fears of anti social behaviour when Kilwinning’s big display had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents are being reminded that fireworks can cause significant injury and present a particular risk to children – and can also upset pets.

We previously reported how Kilwinning Community Events feared a rise in antisocial behaviour leading up to the night – after the much-loved local display had to be cancelled.

Organiser and Kilwinning Labour Cllr Donald Reid said: “Everyone loves Kilwinning Fireworks but sadly it looks like any attempt to have a display this year will be thwarted.

“We appreciate that cancelling the display will be disappointing and the risk of seeing a rise in

anti-social behaviour around November 5 will be concerning but as guidance and money stands we are unable to stage a fireworks display which would have been our eighth.”

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alasdair Perry, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Head of Prevention and Protection, said: “We would urge all of our communities to follow advice and guidelines around social distancing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“We know this means that people may consider hosting their own events this year but we would urge caution around doing so because every year people are injured by fireworks and admitted to hospital – and children are particularly at risk.

““We are therefore strongly encouraging anyone who does wish to host a private event to reduce the risk by ensuring to familiarise themselves with our firework code and fire safety guidance

“Do not take risks because

the consequences can be devastating.”