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Firework Law

  • You can't buy or use '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 sparklers and party poppers.
  • 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 3 months for buying or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £80.