Edinburgh fireworks display at Meadowbank cancelled due to high winds

Meadowbank Fireworks display 2015.
Meadowbank Fireworks display 2015.
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The fireworks display at Meadowbank - the biggest show in Edinburgh - has been cancelled this evening.

Edinburgh Leisure, who was organising event, said “adverse wind conditions” had led to the popular show being cancelled.

Thousands of people were expected to attend.

But organisers said the “health and safety” of its customers was too important to run the display.

The fireworks display is the busiest in Edinburgh and has been run every year since the mid-80s.

The theme for the sold out family show this year had been Sci-Fi.

Edinburgh Leisure said tests showed rising wind speeds which could blow debris and hot materials into the stands.

They apolgised for the cancellation.

A statement said: “We are very sorry to cancel the fireworks display this evening at Meadowbank and ask that you do not travel to the venue. Due to unusually high wind speeds/direction, the event has been cancelled due to safety reasons.

“At the time of test, 2.10pm, the wind speed was 11mph with no gusts, with some debris landing in front of the stand and smoke blowing into stand.

“At 6pm it is expected to rise from 14mph to 26mph gusts and by event start, 27mph with gusts. Due to the nature of the stadium layout there is a swell affect.

“Advice from the pyrotechnic organisers was that they could see the weather was getting stronger; two test shots gave smoke trails with hotter materials coming towards the stand.

“During the show, debris would be much greater in volume and more likely to blow into stand, which if landing on a customer could cause burns and injury.

“We therefore had to take the unfortunate decision to cancel.”

East Lothian Yacht Club also confirmed it was postponing its fireworks display in North Berwick due to high winds.

A spokesperson said: “It is with great regret that we have to postpone the fireworks due to the strength and direction of the wind making it unsafe. It is vital that safety for spectators, volunteers and buildings is the top priority. We plan to set off the display soon and will update on Facebook, Club Website and Twitter as soon as another date has been arranged.”