Who can buy fireworks
To buy and let off fireworks, you must be an adult aged 18+
When can you buy fireworks
You can only buy fireworks and sparklers from registered sellers for private use on selected dates in the year:
- Between 15 October and 10 November
- Between 26 to 31 December
- Three days before Diwali
- Three days before Chinese New Year
You can buy fireworks outside these dates, but only from shops with a special licence.
When can you let off fireworks
For the majority of the year, it is illegal to set off fireworks (including sparklers) between 11pm and 7am.
However, for Bonfire Night the curfew is extended to midnight and for New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year the cut off is 1am.
What fireworks to buy
When buying fireworks, always look for a CE mark to make sure they’re safe to use and only buy fireworks up to Category 3.
Fireworks come in 4 categories,
- Category 1 fireworks are low hazard fireworks. They pose the least danger, make very little noise and are for use in a limited space (including indoors). Examples include party poppers and Christmas crackers.
- Category 2 and 3 are ‘adult fireworks’ and are available in shops and supermarkets. These will have Category F2 or F3 on the box.
- Category 4 fireworks are banned for sale to the public and are for professional displays only. These are available at specialist suppliers.