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The use of fireworks is prohibited by law from 11pm to 7am, except on some special occasions listed below.

Read our tips on staying safe when using fireworks(pdf, 272KB).

Firework laws

'Adult' fireworks cannot be purchased by people under 18. Adult fireworks do not include things like party poppers.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

It is against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am


The regulations regarding the use of fireworks are enforced by the police, not the local council.

If you are being disturbed by the use of fireworks by minors in public places, or during prohibited hours, call the police on 101.

Trading standards

Trading Standards enforce the law on the sale and storage of fireworks.

Updated: 15 October 2020

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