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Great Britain - Firework Legislation

Watching fireworks is popular and fun. But fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage.

That is why there are laws in place to govern the use and possession of fireworks, and how they are stored and sold.

New legislation has been introduced (see below) to help to make fireworks safer to use and to tackle their deliberate misuse. It affects how fireworks are imported, sold and used, and places restrictions on possession.

It means that fireworks will be safer, less noisy and can only be let off at certain times. It also means that those misusing them to either damage property or injure will be able to be dealt with by the relevant authorities.

Consumers, along with retailers, have new responsibilities. Fireworks will only be widely available during the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night and a few days before New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year. For the rest of the year, you will only be able to buy fireworks from shops that are licensed to supply them.

Retailer’s guide : Selling fireworksClick here to download Retailer's guide : Selling fireworks (Adobe PDF format)

Produced by the Department for Business, Information and Skills, this guide offers helpful advice but for more information contact your local Trading Standards Department or Fire Service.


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