Fireworks and the Law

An image of some fireworks


The LawAn image of a firework

You must be 18 years old or above to buy or be in possession of a firework in a public place – Public place is anywhere other than someone’s own back garden. 

It is illegal to:

  • Set off or throw fireworks in a public place

  • For Under 18s to buy or possess adult fireworks

  • Set off fireworks between 11.00pm and 7am (or between midnight and 7am on Bonfire Night, 1am on New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year).

  • You can face arrest, charge and a criminal record. Police can enforce a fixed penalty notice of £80 to anyone under 18 possessing a firework in a public place and for breach of the 11pm curfew on letting off fireworks

  • Adults should only buy fireworks that comply to British Standard 7114 to be sure they are safe