There are laws about when fireworks can be sold, and to who – as well as the times fireworks can be set off.
If you’re under 18 you can’t:
- buy the types of fireworks which can be sold only to adults
- have fireworks in public places.
If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine.
It is against the law to:
- set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public place
- set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am – except during certain celebrations.
If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined or jailed.
You can let off fireworks:
- until midnight on Bonfire Night
- until 1am on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year
Dealing with a noise nuisance
Fireworks for private use, and from a registered seller, can only be sold:
- 15 October to 10 November – around Bonfire Night
- 26 December to 31 December – for New Year’s Eve
- three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year.
For the rest of the year, you will only be able to buy fireworks from shops that are licensed to supply them.
If you think a shop is unregistered, or selling fireworks when they shouldn’t, contact your council’s Trading Standards Officer. Your council will also have a list of registered sellers.
Find your local Trading Standards office