You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks (category 2 and 3 fireworks, not including things like party poppers) if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.

Only professionals can use Category 4 fireworks.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
The exceptions to the times in which you can set off fireworks are:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Information about firework safety can be sourced from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.

Buying fireworks
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • 15th October to 10th November
  • 26th to 31st December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.