Restrictions have been introduced this year which intend to curb the excessive use of fireworks and encourage safety across Ayrshire as bonfire night approaches.

New laws which came into force in June this year mean it is now illegal for the general public to set off fireworks before 6pm and after 11pm in the evening.

However there is an exception to the rule when it comes to bonfire night, with this time extended to midnight on November 5.

For Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali, the curfew will be extended to 1am.

Certain groups are also exempt from the regulations and may use fireworks between 7am and 6pm, such as community groups, operators of firework displays and their employees, and businesses involved in the supply of fireworks.

Ahead of bonfire night, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has underlined these new restrictions and is highlighting the risks to communities from deliberate fire setting and attacks on crews as it enters its busiest time.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer (DACO) Alasdair Perry, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Prevention and Protection, said: “We have a zero-tolerance approach to deliberate fire setting and anti-social behaviour involving the misuse of fireworks and other projectiles.

“A deliberate fire can put property, resources and indeed lives at risk. We are working positively with young people and our partners to raise awareness of the very real dangers and consequences of such actions.”

The advice comes after Ayr’s main fireworks display was cancelled following the devastating events in Kincaidston just over a fortnight ago.

An estimated 5,000 people were due to attend Ayr Rugby Club for the annual spectacle on Friday, November 5. However “out of respect” for residents, the event has been postponed until 2022. Many seemed to get behind the decision, with some even vowing to boycott any events involving fireworks due to the blast.

Resident Nicky Stacey said: “In respect of what happened in Kincaidston I won’t be attending or buying any this year... people have witnessed something horrific and so many have been affected by even the sight of what happened so I think it’s the respectful thing to do.”

Displays will still go ahead in Ballantrae on November 5 from 6pm, Straiton Playing Fields from 7.30pm, McGavin Park in Kilwinning from 4.30pm and on Louisa Drive in Girvan from 6pm on November 6.

DACO Perry added: “Do not take risks because the consequences can be devastating.”