Safety Regulations Fireworks

Fireworks are a fantastic and fun way to celebrate a special occasion with the family. However, you must set them off safely and legally. Adult fireworks, those in categories 2 and 3, can only be purchased and possessed by someone over the age of 18.

They must not be set off in public areas - this includes sparkers - and a fine of £90 can be imposed for breaking this law. Fireworks must only be set off between the hours of 7am and 11pm, with the exception of Bonfire Night, where the cutoff time is 12am, and New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, where the cutoff time is 1am.

Firework categories are broken into two divisions. The first, categories 1 through to 3, include the kind and size of fireworks that are available to the public. Category 1, or 'indoor' fireworks, are meant to be enjoyed in constrained areas and are very small. Category 2, or 'garden' fireworks must be safely viewable from 5 metres and scatter no debris outside of a 3 metre radius. Category 3, or 'display' fireworks, must be safely viewed from 25 metres away and scatter no debris outside of a 20 metre radius. It's not illegal to set a firework off inside the minimum safety recommendations, however for your own safety it's always advisable to follow the manufacturer instructions and obey the recommendations of the law.

The second division includes category 4 fireworks, or 'professional' grade. These have no restrictions; however, they can only be purchased and possessed by someone with a licence.

Except for specially licensed fireworks shops, fireworks are only on sale for several days leading up to special holidays. They are available for the three days leading up to Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as on the day. They are also available from the 15th October to 10th November for Bonfire Night, and from December 26th to the 31st for New Years Eve. However, specially licensed shops, like the Firework Shop, can supply fireworks all year round.

For your next big birthday bash or anniversary make sure you celebrate with a bang! The Firework Shop is your leading supplier of firework fun 365 days a year! Available in shop and online. Follow the laws, for your own safety as well as others, and have fun!