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Oct 6, 2012
Just thought I would get this up as had an argument with the neighbour about the time i light fireworks at (7PM) btw

Fireworks: the law
You can’t buy ‘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 don’t include things like party poppers.

Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.

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
Buying fireworks
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 up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

For Further Reading:
Firework Laws & Regulations

Get information about firework safety from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.


S-T Fireworks Guardian
Dec 16, 2013
I'm just going to add a bit about storage regulations, as i have read some comments online and it is clear most people have no idea of the real regs.

you may store up to 5kg Net Explosive Content (NEC) of hazard type 4 (1.4g) or 3 (1.3g) for an unlimited time.
NOTE: this is the max COMBINED weight, so you cannot have 5kg of each category, it is 5kg combined.
You may also store up to 50kg NEC of hazard type 4 fireworks for up to 21 days, and up to 25okg NEC for up to 3 consecutive days in the intended place of use
For more than 5kg and up to 100kg of hazard type 3 fireworks, you may store them for up to 3 consecutive days in the intended place of use
Also note that if you have 10 h.t. 4 fireworks, and only one h.t. 3, the whole lot is classed as h.t. 3 fireworks.

on most new CE marked fireworks, the NEC is displayed on the packaging. However if this is not present, as a precaution take the NEC to be one quarter of the overall weight of the firework
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