Firework Laws & Regulations

Firework Laws & Regulations to be considered when setting off and coming to buy fireworks.

Firework Laws and Regulations

Setting off Fireworks

Fireworks can be set off at any time of the year. But there are set time’s when you cannot set fireworks off, and that is between. 11 pm and 7 am. All though This restriction does not apply to displays organized by local Councils.

But there are exceptions to this 11pm rule.

  • November 5th (Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes): You can let fireworks off until midnight.
  • December 31st (New Year’s Eve): You can let fireworks off until 1am.
  • Diwali: You can let fireworks off until 1am.
  • Chinese New Year: You can let fireworks off until 1am.

*Source: Wikipedia articles Diwali and Chinese New Year.

Please use courtesy to notify your neighbours. If you are intending on having a display. Even if it is not on November 5th or New Year’s Eve.

Firework Laws & RegulationsBuying Retail fireworks

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 years to purchase and possess fireworks in public. There is no legal requirement to have any kind of license or training prior to buy consumer fireworks. You should be asked For I.D if you look under-age when buying fireworks.

Purchased fireworks should be marked BS 7114 and be classified as Category 2 or Category 3, or conform to the EU equivalent, or maybe carry a CE mark under very new legislation that have come into force.

Never buy fireworks from white vans, the local pub, car boot sales or market stalls. Only buy fireworks from a reputable firework retailer.

There is a noise limit of 120db on all consumer fireworks. Certain fireworks are banned in the UK. Some of these are bangers, air bombs.

Professional fireworks

Category 4 Fireworks are for professional use only These fireworks are not available to buy directly to consumers. It is illegal for anybody possess Category 4 fireworks unless you have gone through the appropriate training.

(Firework Classifications)

Fireworks Storing

Retail fireworks either Hazard Type 3 usually 1.3G or Hazard Type 4 usually 1.4g are classed for storage purposes, These are notified with an orange diamond on the box stating there hazard. If there is a mix of both 1.3g and 1.4g, The Fireworks are regarded as being Hazard Type 3 (1.3g).

(Transport and Packaging)

Selling fireworks

There are two licenses that cover this title. If you wish to sell fireworks for the Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve period then the cheapest license will do. But if you want to sell fireworks all year then there is the more expensive license. For a more detailed information on this topic, you will need to contact your local licensing authority either Trading Standards or the local Fire Authority.

First-time Firework retailers holding a license need to know they are subject to inspections to ensure they comply with their terms.

A new legislation that come into force in 2010, called (The Pyrotechnic Articles Safety Regulations 2010) it redefines certain legal requirements for fireworks, their sales and labeling. You can read the legislation here.
Further information


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