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Firework Law

The Firework Code


* Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.

* Do not drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

* Keep fireworks in a closed box.

* Follow the instructions on each firework.

* Light at arm's length, using a taper.

* Stand well back.

* Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it has not gone off, it could still explode.

* Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

* Always supervise children around fireworks.

* Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

* Never give sparklers to a child under five.

* Keep pets indoors.




The Fireworks Regulations 2004 prohibits:

Anyone under 18 years from possessing fireworks in a public place

  • Anyone except professionals from possessing display fireworks
  • Any fireworks that explode at a higher noise level than 120 decibels
  • The use of fireworks at night (7:00am - 11pm) in England and Wales.
    There are, however, extensions for the use of fireworks at night for the following festivals:
    • Chinese New Year - until 1:00am on the night
    • Diwali - until 1:00am on the night
    • New Year's Eve - until 1:00am on the night
    • Bonfire Night - until midnight
  • Air bombs are now banned and there are new strict controls on mini-rockets.

These steps will help to reduce the number of firework injuries,
and cut the number of loud explosions.
The latter result in complaints about noise and nuisance every firework season.

The Police or Trading Standards enforce these regulations.



Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005


These regulations cover the storage of fireworks.


Summary of the limits (kg refers to the powder or NEQ weight)


Kilograms up to

For advice apply to

Period of time to keep



Local Authority


Fireworks - in the place of intended use


Local Authority

24 Hours

Fireworks - in the place of intended use


Local Authority

3 days

Where a greater quantity of explosives is being stored, or the time periods above will be exceeded, then the person and premises must be registered or licensed with the local licensing authority.

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