Your safety is our concern
You can't buy or use '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.
Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks - they dont include things like sparklers and party poppers.
The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. 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 1am
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
  • 3 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 3 months for buying or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £80.
Some information to help you have a safe and enjoyable event
Whether your display is a huge public event, or a small bash in the back garden, preparation is essential. You need to ensure the site is suitable for the fireworks you intend letting off. Our commitment to your firework safety is based in the real world - we won't just print a picture of a "perfect" site in the back of a catalogue and leave you wondering how to squeeze it into your garden! We'll also take a look at safety distances and fall out.
LAYOUT, you should not only consider the safe distance for your spectators, but also think about where the fallout will go.
WIND DIRECTION is important, we can not stress this enough. Make sure that your spectators are standing with their backs to the wind. Most fireworks have some kind of debris, it would not be too good if this landed on the heads of your spectators. Whilst it is unlikely to harm them, it may ruin the new hairstyle!
ANIMALS, make sure they are inside. Fireworks can make loud noises, and have bright flashes. You or I know what this is, but most animals do not.