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Fireworks Law in UK
Fireworks Law UK

Have Fun, Keep Safe, Stay Legal

We want you to have a safe, enjoyable and legal fireworks party. If you’re unsure about the law around fireworks, we’re here to support you by sharing answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

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Q. Can I buy fireworks?

You must be aged 18 years or older to buy, carry or use Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 fireworks.

  • Category 1 – indoor fireworks
  • Category 2 – garden fireworks – must be safely viewable from 8 metres away
  • Category 3 – display fireworks – must be safely viewable from 25 metres away
  • Category 4 – display fireworks – for professional use only. It is illegal for members of the public to possess these fireworks

Q. When can I buy fireworks?

You can buy fireworks all year round from specialist retailers. Chorlton Fireworks is a specialist firework retailer with a license to sell fireworks all year round.

Seasonal sellers of fireworks are registered with the local authority. You can only buy fireworks for private use from registered sellers who do not have the additional all year round license on these dates:

  • 15 October – 10 November
  • 26 – 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
Fireworks party with friends in garden

Q. Can I set off fireworks in my garden?

Yes. You can set off fireworks in your garden as long as it’s within specific times. You are legally allowed to set off fireworks from 7am to 11pm except on:

  • Bonfire Night, when the curfew is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
Setting off fireworks in local park

Q. Can I set off fireworks in my local park?

It is against the law for anyone to set off fireworks in a public place including in the street and public spaces such as parks or woodland.

Penalties for breaking UK Firework Laws

Q. Are there penalties for breaking these laws?

Yes. You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

It is illegal for under 18s to purchase or Attempt to purchase fireworks
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