WEST FIFERS preparing to enjoy fireworks displays this weekend have been told to do so by leaving sky lanterns at home.

Fife Council have banned the popular items over fears that they could pose a risk to livestock, farm buildings and property.

The council had already prohibited the lanterns from being taken to events on council owned land, or those endorsed or supported by them.

But, for members of the public hosting their own displays, they have also been banned due to concerns from farmers and pet owners.

Councillor Ross Vettraino said: "Sky lanterns are light objects, which contain a lighted candle and which are carried on the brreze by the hot air that the candle produces.

"They are out of control immediately they are released and can come down anywhere.

"They present a huge risk, not only to livestock and farm buildings, but to household pets and all domestic and commercial property.

"The council, being aware of associated dangers, has already prohibited all intentional balloon and lantern releases on council owned land and property, by council staff, and at events endorsed or supported by the council, including those on non-council land and has also prohibited lantern and mass balloon releases within the terms and conditions of lease/hire and licence agreements.

"It is my earnest hope that everyone will refrain from using sky lanterns on bonfire night and will enjoy and participate in the occasion by visiting one of the many properly organised bonfires and fireworks displays throughout Fife."

An organised display in Crossford, organised by Crossford Children's Gala, takes place from 6.30-9pm tonight, while Dunfermline's display in Pittencrieff Park (6-8pm), and Limekilns' display (7-8.30pm) both take place tomorrow.

To find a list of organised displays across Fife, visit the council's website.