You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.
The exceptions are:
- Bonfire night, when the cut off is midnight
- New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1 am
Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks - they don’t include items like party poppers.
Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.
The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
Get information about firework safety from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
- 15 October to 10 November
- 26 to 31 December
- three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine. of £90.