With Bonfire Night just around the corner, Ayrshire residents may already be thinking about letting off some fireworks from their gardens or in a public place. 

However, there are strict laws around when and where people can set off fireworks in Scotland, as well as who can purchase them. 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has made clear the laws surrounding the use of fireworks, and has issued advice to make sure people steer clear of any issues. 

The SFRS is advising the public to attend an organised display where possible, and anyone looking to host a private event should familiarise themselves with the firework code.

It is currently illegal for the general public to use fireworks before 6pm or after 11pm, with this rule extended to midnight on Bonfire Night and 1am on Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

It is illegal for adults to buy or supply fireworks to anyone under 18, with the exception of certain items such as party poppers, novelty crackers and some sparklers.

It is also illegal to use fireworks in public places if it is not part of an approved event.