Fireworks and the law
It is against the law to purchase or carry fireworks in public if you're
under 18 years old and to throw fireworks or set off fireworks in the street.
It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except
on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am).
Fireworks and bonfire safety at home
1. Read the instructions on your fireworks very carefully.
2. Keep fireworks and bonfires well away from garden sheds, garages,
structures and trees, to prevent sparks from setting them alight.
3. Never use petrol, paraffin or inflammable products to light your
4. Never place used aerosol spray cans on bonfires these may explode and
cause serious injury.
Have a couple buckets of water handy in case of an emergency.
6. Keep a good torch at hand so you can read instructions on fireworks
and can view where everyone is before you light the firework.
7. Light fireworks at arm's length.
8. Do not drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
Keep fireworks in a closed box.
Never return to a firework that has been lit even if it hasn't gone off
Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
Always supervise children and provide water buckets to put hot sparklers.
Keep pets indoors.
Clearing up the next morning
Carefully check and clear the area of fireworks. Be careful and look out for
any that did not go off. Do not throw away onto the smouldering remains of any
bonfire as this ignite any that did not go off and may cause serious injury.
Dispose of all firework remains safely and sensibly.