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Reminder of laws around fireworks issued ahead of Bonfire Night weekend

Fireworks can be great fun in Bonfire night on November 5, but they can and do cause serious injuries if mishandled.

The safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a professionally organised display, but if you do plan to let them off at home, 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
  • Always 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

Find more advice on safety around bonfires, fireworks and sparklers here.

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