Fireworks Regulations

The key features of the Firework Regulations 2005 include:

  • The banning of air bombs and nuisance rockets
  • Restricted selling periods (from 1 January 2005)
  • Proper accountability for firework importers
  • Possession of fireworks by under 18's illegal
  • 11pm to 7am curfew (Except New Year's Eve)
  • Maximum noise level for fireworks.

When did they come into force?

The regulations came into force in 2005

Who 'polices' the Firework regulations 2005?

Enforcement agencies including the Police and Trading Standards officers  'police' the regulations.

What is the punishment for breaking the regulations?

A maximum £5,000 fine or six months imprisonment.

Will this reduce accidents?

Most firework related accidents are a result of careless use by under 18s. It is hoped that the regulations should lead to a reduction.

Surely a total ban is a more appropriate action?

Millions of families enjoy fireworks each year with no problems. Their rights need to be upheld and not put into jeopardy by a hooligan minority. A total ban would result in millions of untested fireworks being sold on the black market, which would inevitably lead to many more accidents.

What is the noise limit within the Regulations?

The noise limit of 120 decibels set within the regulations is in line with the new European standard for noise. The vast majority of UK fireworks on sale are significantly below the new UK limit.

What is your top firework safety tip?

Only buy fireworks from a legitimate shop that you know and trust, and once you have bought your fireworks make sure you use common sense at all times.

Giving your own Firework Display: How it run it safely

For those without specialist knowledge. This new edition reflects the many significant changes in the law since 1995, chiefly relating to the supply, possession, transport, keeping and use of fireworks and how these may affect the organisation and execution of your display.

Examples of the type of display envisaged are those put on by organisations like sports clubs and school parent/teacher associations, by parish councils and by public houses typically attracting some 100 customers/spectators. Common or garden displays for family, friends or neighbours are generally covered by box instructions. Also does not cover displays using Category 4 fireworks. With full documentation of the legal requirements.

Giving your own Firework Display