Misuse of Fireworks in Orkney

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday January 11 2018

Norman Wood (pictured) has pleaded guilty to setting off fireworks in a culpable and reckless manner on Broad Street, outside St Magnus Cathedral, in Kirkwall on the afternoon of Saturday, December 30.

Nobody was injured in the incident though the area was busy with members of the public on foot and in vehicles at the time.

The 48-year-old was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Wednesday, January 10.

Orkney area commander Chief Inspector Matt Webb has warned that the misuse of fireworks will not be tolerated.

He said:

"Norman Wood's actions were entirely reckless and it is fortunate that nobody was injured as a result.

"Fireworks can be incredibly dangerous when not used safely and the consequences of his behaviour could have been far more severe.

"My message is simple - we will not tolerate the misuse of fireworks and will take action against anyone who sets them off in a reckless manner.

"Do not set off fireworks under the influence of alcohol and do not set them off in a public place - this is an offence which we will deal with robustly.

"I would also urge retailers to be responsible when selling fireworks to members of the public.

"I'm grateful for the support of the public, which helped lead to Norman Wood's conviction.

“It is a good example of officers working in partnership with the public to help keep Orkney safe."



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