Fact Sheet on Fireworks Legislation covering
safety and anti-social use.
supplied in the UK - whether they are imported or manufactured here
- must be authorised by the Health and Safety Executive. They must
also be safe as required by the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997
At present, in both cases the benchmark is BS 7114.
It is an
offence, which can result in a fine of up to £5000 (and/or a prison
(which includes retail sale), unsafe fireworks;
fireworks to persons under the age of 18;
fireworks all year round without a licence to supply;
• possess a
category 4 firework if other than a fireworks professional;
fireworks in a public place if under the age of 18;
set fireworks off after 11 o clock at night.
In addition, before storing fireworks,
suppliers must either register or licence their storage premises
with their local authority or, where large quantities are concerned,
Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Explosives Act 1875, it is also an offence to let-off fireworks in a
public place; or to alter them without a licence from HSE. The penalty for infringement is a fine of up to £5,000.
A comprehensive package of new measures made
Fireworks Act 2003 designed to tackle the anti-social use
of fireworks through the regulation of both use and supply. These
Regulations introduce a number of limited prohibitions on the
importation, sale, possession and use of fireworks late at night.
on the Fireworks Regulations 2004. This guidance is intended for
enforcers, the industry and suppliers of fireworks. It covers the
recent amendments made to the Regulations (revised edition).
Impact Assessment setting out the social, economic and environmental
costs of these Regulations.
(Safety) Regulations 1997
This legislation prohibits the sale of
certain fireworks, places restrictions on those fireworks
permitted to be sold and restricts their sale to persons over the
age of 18. These measures are designed to promote consumer safety.
to the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 as amended by the
Fireworks (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (SI
1997 No. 2294 and
SI 2004 No.1376.
injury data for the UK covering a four week period in October –
Department of Trade and Industry continues to promote general fireworks safety.
click here for the Department's Fireworks Safety web site for