Be a Bright Spark
Around Bonfire Night many people enjoy traditional festivities like hosting celebrations with fireworks and bonfires.
The following advice helps you enjoy the festivities whilst staying safe, with advice, safety tips, and a lowdown of the laws surrounding fireworks.
In general, the legal requirements surrounding fireworks are:
• Retailers must have a licence to supply fireworks all year round
• It is illegal to sell bangers and air bombs
• It is illegal to split retail packs
• It is illegal to set fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except in the following cases:
o November 5th - until midnight
o New Year's Eve - 1am on the following day
o Chinese New Year - 1am on the following day
o Diwali - 1am on the following day
• It is illegal to use them in a public place
• Retailers should display the poster about underage sale and possession. As with alcohol, it is the retailer's responsibility to actively check that they are not supplying fireworks to under 18s.
• Retailers breaking the law could receive a fine of up to £5,000 and/or up to six months' imprisonment.
We want people to have fun and enjoy the period but to do so in a safe manner and within the law. Here are the key messages we're aiming to get across to both residents and revellers.
• Damage to property is not a joke to the owners - people will face arrest and prosecution for criminal damage
• It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or carry fireworks
• Throwing or setting of fireworks in the street is against the law
• Police will take positive action against people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour at any time of the year
• Police will use appropriate powers available to them to disperse groups if necessary
• Offenders could find themselves with an £90 fine.