FIREFIGHTERS have issued an urgent warning ahead of Bonfire Night after several public displays were cancelled.

It comes after events at Glasgow Green, Drumchapel Park, Dalmuir Park, and Paisley were axed.

The cancellations have sparked fears over an increase in private bonfires on what is traditionally the busiest night of the year for the fire service.

David Murdoch, local senior officer for Glasgow City, has now issued a safety plea. 

The area commander said: “We want the public to enjoy Bonfire Night in a safe way and we always recommend going to an organised display wherever possible.

“Bonfires have the potential to endanger nearby properties and smoke can become a nuisance to neighbours.

"Fireworks can also cause serious injury, as well as a lot of distress for many people and animals if they are used inappropriately.

“Our Community Action Teams have been engaging with local schools to ensure they are aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks, and they will continue working with our partners to promote safety messaging.

“We also urge people who choose to hold or attend events involving fireworks to do so safely, think of others, and follow the Fireworks Code.”

For further information on the Fireworks Code visit HERE.