Don’t get in to trouble with fireworks

Published 7 November 2013

Bonfire night can be lots of fun, with sparks and bangs filling the night sky. But what may be fun for some, can be distressing for others particularly the vulnerable and elderly in our communities. Throwing fireworks, or setting one off in a public place is illegal.

If you’re having a Bonfire night party you may want to let your neighbours know. They may have pets which need to be kept indoors. In rural areas this could include larger animals such as horses in nearby stables.

You might also want to let elderly neighbours and families with young children know there may be some loud bangs for a period of time. And remember:

  • It is illegal to sell fireworks to any person under the age of 18.
  • It is illegal for any person under the age of 18 to possess a firework.
  • It is an offence to possess any excessively loud category 4 (display style) firework.
  • It is illegal to sell any firework (subject to certain exceptions) without a licence granted by the Fireworks Regulations 2004.
  • All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standard BS 7114.
  • It is an offence for any person to use a firework between the hours of 11pm and 7am. (Bonfire night is extended to 12 midnight)
  • It is an offence to throw or fire a firework in or into any highway, street or public place.
  • It is an offence to make a bonfire or set off a firework in a street to the obstruction, annoyance or danger of residents or passersby.
  • It is illegal to cause unnecessary suffering to animals with fireworks.

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