As we approach bonfire season, make sure you know the law relating to fireworks.

Close-up of sparkler against dark backgroundFireworks for private use (including sparklers) will be available to buy from licensed sellers from:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • Three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year.

You must be over 18 to buy adult fireworks. These are category 2 and 3 fireworks - they don’t include things like party poppers. Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.

Fireworks should not be set-off between 11pm and 7am, except for:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally.

Report anyone selling fireworks on facebook or other social media to Trading Standards.

Published: Tuesday, 8th October 2019