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Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden. However, an organised, public fireworks display is much safer and more impressive than setting up your own. Details of public fireworks displays can be found in the local newspapers and on the local radio station websites.

Irresponsible use of fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.

Members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back garden. Only licensed professionals can use fireworks in public places.

What NOT To Do

  • Do not throw or set off fireworks (including sparklers) in a public space
  • Do not set off fireworks after 11pm unless it is Bonfire night, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year or Diwali when they can be set off up to 1am the following day
  • Do not use naked flames, including cigarettes near fireworks
  • Do not return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Do not put fireworks in your or anyone else’s pocket
  • Do not use paraffin or petrol to start a bonfire

What TO Do

  • Always consider attending an organised public fireworks display, they are much safer
  • Only purchase fireworks including sparklers from shops registered to sell them for private use
  • Only purchase fireworks that are CE marked, store them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Follow the instructions on each individual firework, use a taper to light them at arms-length
  • Direct fireworks away from any spectators
  • Be aware that fireworks can only be bought from shops registered to sell them for private use on selected dates of the year:
    • 15 October – 10 November
    • 26 December – 31 December
    • Three days before Diwali
    • Three days before Chinese New Year

Fireworks can only be bought outside of these dates from shops with a special licence.

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