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To buy and let off fireworks, you must be an adult aged 18+
You can only buy fireworks and sparklers from registered sellers for private use on selected dates in the year:
You can buy fireworks outside these dates, but only from shops with a special licence.
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.
Adults can let off category 2 and 3 fireworks. These are available to the general public and can be found in supermarkets. They will normally have 'Category F2' or 'Category F3' labels on the box.
Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals and are banned for sale to the public.