Any adult over the age of 18 years old can buy retail fireworks. It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years old, which is why we operate a strict policy on asking all customers to show a valid photo ID upon delivery or collection of fireworks.
You can let fireworks off on your own land or property or on another person’s land or property with the owner’s consent 365 days a year between the hours of 7.00am and 11.00pm, till midnight on bonfire night and till 1.00am New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
Category 2 or F2 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for outdoor use (i.e. garden fireworks) and can have a minimum safety distance for operators of 8 metres, and spectators between 8 and 20 metres.
Category 3 or F3 Fireworks, are fireworks, which are intended for outdoor use in large open areas (i.e. display fireworks for open areas such as fields) and can have a minimum safety distance of 15 metres for operators and 25 metres for spectators.
Category 4 or F4 Fireworks, are not available to members of the public and are for use by persons with specialist knowledge (i.e. professional firework companies).
Legitimate fireworks sold in the UK carry the CE label and are categorised with minimum distances for each category.
Category 1 – Indoor fireworks
Category 2 – 8 metre distance from fireworks
Category 3 – 25 metres from fireworks
Before purchasing fireworks it is always a good idea to check the area you are going to ignite them. In your garden you will need 24m between your viewing area and where you intend to ignite them if you want to buy Cat 3, or 8m for Cat 2 fireworks, these distances are for your own safety and protection as well as making sure you can enjoy the full effect of them when viewing.
30 meters or more is the ideal distance from viewing area to firing site, it’s a good idea to check that there are no overhead obstructions like trees, telephone cables or electricity cables. If you live near an airport check you are not too close to interfere with a flight path.
You may want to notify your neighbours if you are having a display so they can make arrangements for pets, young or the elderly.
The price of fireworks depends on which fireworks you are looking for. They can start from just a few pounds for a single firework, up to £1000 for a complete fireworks display package. The firework prices depend on the duration, amount of firework shots and intensity.
According to the law you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places. Under the law, you must have permission of the land owner to let off fireworks. Also, you should only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from licensed sellers for private use.
Bangers have been illegal to sell or buy in the UK since 1997. This is due to them being labelled as potentially harmful and a nuisance firework. Along with Mini rockets, firecrackers, jumping jacks or fireworks with erratic flight and Airbombs.
You must not light fireworks between 11pm and 7am. With the exception of special holidays, like Bonfire night (5th November) which is midnight, Diwali, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve which is 1am. Regardless, we encourage our customers to be considerate of your neighbours and area.
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