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

The laws around fireworks are slightly different on certain occasions and celebrations throughout the year.

Prohibited use on these occasions is as follows:

  • Chinese New Year - permitted until 1am the following day
  • 5 November - permitted until 12 midnight
  • Diwali - permitted until 1am the following day
  • New Year’s Eve (31 December) - permitted until 1am the following day
  • Local authority fireworks displays
  • National public celebrations or commemorative events

In addition, people under the age of 18 are prohibited from using adult fireworks in public places.


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: 4 November 2016