Fireworks and the law
It is illegal:
- To let off any fireworks in a public place- this carries a fine of up to £5000. We may also issue an £90 Fixed Penalty Notice.
- To set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on;
- November 5 (Bonfire Night) until midnight
- New Year’s Eve until 1am the following day
- Chinese New Year until 1am the following day
- Diwali until 1am the following day
- For a member of the public to possess a “display” style firework (Category 4 fireworks, can only be used by professionals).
- To cause unnecessary suffering to animals with fireworks. Maximum penalty £5000 and/or six months in prison.
- To sell bangers, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (Squibs, helicopters etc), aerial shells and maroons.
- To store fireworks for private use for more than 14 days
- To sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. Maximum penalty - £5000 and/or six months in prison.
We have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks and people can receive an £90 on the spot fine. All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standard BS 7114.
Firework and bonfire safety
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Never throw used fireworks, paraffin or petrol, on a bonfire.
- Take care around bonfires, especially keeping clothing away.
- Make sure bonfires are out and surroundings are safe before leaving.
- Misfired or partly used fireworks should be soaked in a container of water and the manufacturer should be contacted for advice on disposal.
- Keep pets indoors as most animals are scared by the bright lights and noise.
- Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Put used sparklers, hot end down, into a bucket of sand or water
- Be aware of the law surrounding fireworks