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Fireworks are a lot of fun but they can cause serious damage if not handled correctly. It's important to be aware of the legal restrictions and safety advice surrounding fireworks to ensure a great evening for everyone involved.


You are not allowed to use adult fireworks between 11pm and 7am. However there are a few exceptions:

  • Bonfire Night - the curfew is extended until midnight.
  • New Year's Eve - the curfew is extended until 1am the following day.
  • Diwali - the curfew is extended to 1am the following day.
  • Chinese New Year - the curfew is extended to 1am the following day.

The law and safety advice

If you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to 6 months or receive a fine.  Follow our advice to guarantee a fantastic, and safe, Bonfire Night:

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • It is illegal to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18.
  • Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
  • It is an offence for under 18s to have fireworks in a public place.
  • You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
  • Keep sparklers away from children under the age of five and supervise older children when in use.
  • Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine and any fireworks found on a person under 18 will be confiscated.
  • Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
  • Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.

Report it

If you would like to report firework use outside of the above times, please call us on 101 or report it online.

More help and information

RoSPA Safer Fireworks

Bonfire Safety

RSPCA - pets that are scared of fireworks

13 Nov 20 10:11 AM

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