Fireworks and the law

There are laws about when fireworks can be sold, and to who - as well as the times fireworks can be set off.

It is an offence :

  • To set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (or after midnight on bonfire night).
  • To modify, tamper with or misuse fireworks.
  • To throw or set off fireworks in any highway, street, thoroughfare or public place.
  • To sell fireworks to anyone under 18.
  • For anyone under 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.
  • For anyone other than a fireworks professional to possess display category fireworks.
  • To cause unnecessary suffering to any domestic or captive animals.

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