Frequently asked questions about firework setups

Here at the Fireworks Shop, we supply fireworks to the general public throughout the year. We have supplied fireworks for every kind of event you could think of, so we’d like to think we know a thing or two about rockets, fountains, Catherine wheels and the like. Fortunately, our customers agree, and they regularly come to us with questions regarding how to make the best use of their fireworks. Questions such as:

I’ve just bought some of your excellent fireworks. Where can I let them off?

You’re permitted to let fireworks off on your own land or property, or on someone else’s land or property, provided you have their consent. It’s against the law for fireworks to be lit in any public space (so don’t take them down to the park) and, of course, on motorways.

So, I can let them off in my back garden? It’s a bit small…

Yes and space is something that has to be taken into consideration. Category 2 and 3 fireworks each have space restrictions of five and 25 metres respectively – this is the distance that those viewing the fireworks have to stand back. Obviously, if you have a poky backyard that only measures 15 metres across, don’t buy category 3 fireworks.

What else do I need to consider before I can find a suitable space to light my fireworks?

Like all flying objects, the firework needs a clear path in which to operate. This means that there should be no trees or cables either above or close to the vicinity of your garden. Always check your firework isn’t going to collide with an object, animate or inanimate, before launching. Oh, and if you live near an airport, check you’re not too close to a flight path; we’re not aware of a firework ever having brought a plane down before, but you don’t want to risk it.

Just one more thing: when can I let my fireworks off?

So you’re not being a nuisance and waking people up in the early hours of Monday morning, fireworks are permitted between 7am and 11pm, although this time is extended until midnight on 5th November and 1am for New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

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