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Fireworks night

Fireworks offer great family entertainment and spectacular displays, but it’s important to be aware of the legal restrictions and safety tips of firework use.

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

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