The Crown Office has confirmed that no criminal proceedings are being brought after a gun was used to relight a flare on a North Sea platform.
A 50-year-old man was charged at the end of January with alleged firearms licensing offences over the incident on Total’s Elgin platform on Boxing Day.
A modified shotgun was used to relight the gas flare due to a glitch in the flare’s automated ignition system.
Concerns were raised about whether the person who fired the gun had a firearms license.
At the time, operator Total said using a modified gun was “standard procedure” in the event of the system failing to work.
The Crown Office has confirmed that, due to the facts of the case and “mitigating circumstances”, no criminal proceedings are being brought.