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Firework and bonfire safety

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Fireworks can be great fun on Bonfire night on 5 November, Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year.

However, fireworks can and do cause serious injuries if mishandled, and there are laws restricting their sale and use. Stay safe and out of trouble with the following advice:

  • The law says you must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight, or New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
  • It’s illegal to set off or throw fireworks, including sparklers, in the street or other public places
  • If you’re under 18, you can’t buy certain types of fireworks, or have any fireworks in a public place – they’ll be confiscated if found
  • You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You, or your parent or carer, could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90
  • Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer and check they are CE marked
  • Fireworks frighten animals – keep pets indoors when setting them off
  • Be considerate. Always inform neighbours if you’re planning to use fireworks, especially if they have pets or livestock
  • Follow the Firework Code
  • Build bonfires on the day they are to be lit, well away from any structures which could catch light. Supervise children, never use paraffin or petrol as an accelerant and use water to ensure the fire is out before you leave it
  • There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause – read more here

You can report any firework-related issues on the 101 non-emergency number.

Download a leaflet with more advice for enjoying fireworks and bonfires safely and responsibly below.

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