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Fireworks Misuse

Fearless.org is urging young people across Scotland to be fearless in speaking up about fireworks misuse and deliberate fire raising 100% anonymously.

This Bonfire Night, independent charity Crimestoppers’ youth programme Fearless.org are educating young people about the legislation around fireworks misuse so that they can feel empowered to make their communities safer.

‘Fireworks misuse’ includes possession of fireworks aged under 18, selling fireworks to anyone under 18, setting fireworks off between 11pm (12midnight on Bonfire Night) and 7am, throwing or setting off fireworks in a public place and using fireworks to cause suffering to animals.

Last year, a number of Scottish Fire and Rescue crews and other crucial emergency service teams were targeted and purposefully attacked by fireworks.

Fireworks misuse can cause significant harm and injury, which is why we are urging young people to be fearless in reporting their knowledge or suspicions of fireworks misuse to Fearless.org 100% anonymously.

Assistant Chief Officer David McGown, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Director of Prevention andProtection, said:

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has a zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire raising and fireworksmisuse because it puts our communities at great risk.”

“It presents a danger to life, property and the environment – indeed, it is reckless in the extreme because wesee all too clearly the loss and the devastation that can result from fire.”

“If any young person has information about deliberate fire-raising or fireworks misuse then I would urge themto report their knowledge or suspicions 100% anonymously to fearless.org”

Lyndsay McDade, Scotland’s Youth Projects Officer for the charity Crimestoppers, said:

“In the weeks running up to Bonfire Night, Fearless has been raising awareness amongst young people of what constitutes fireworks misuse so that they can feel empowered to understand the legislation and be fearless in reporting who is responsible to our charity.”

“In 30 years, as a charity, we have always kept our promise that everyone who contacts us stays 100% anonymous. Our online reporting form takes just a few minutes to complete and once you tap ‘submit’ you’redone and you will have made a positive difference to your community.”

“The fear caused and potential for injury or even loss of life is considerable when fireworks are not handledsafely. We urge all young people to be safe and enjoy a great Bonfire Night.”

If you have any information about fireworks misuse or willful fire-raising, please report it to Fearless through our Anonymous Online Form at fearless.org

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