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Stay safe and enjoy your fireworks


Monday, 25 October, 2021

We want everyone to be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in your back garden.

But it’s important to remember that anti-social behaviour involving fireworks won’t be tolerated.

The law

  • You must be 18 or older to purchase fireworks and set them off. If a local retailer is selling adult fireworks to people under 18, please report it to your local Trading Standards team.
  • Fireworks can be used in the UK any time from 7am to 11pm, except on Bonfire night when this extends to midnight. Note that on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, this extends to 1am the following morning.
  • Unless it’s part of an organised event by licensed professionals, fireworks cannot be used on the street or in a public place. This is an offence, and includes the use of firecrackers, bangers and party poppers. You can report these kind of incidents as they are happening by calling 999.

Be considerate

  • Used irresponsibly, fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.
  • Although this time of year is enjoyable for most, it can be distressing for pets and wildlife. Retailers, such as ASDA, sell ‘low noise fireworks’ which are said to be more pet-friendly and worth consideration.
  • Remember to be considerate and inform your neighbours in advance if you plan to set off any fireworks. Dog owners can seek advice on how to help them cope by visiting the Animal Trust’s website.

Firework safety

Stay safe, and enjoy the fireworks over the next couple of weeks.