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Fireworks safety

When you buy fireworks make sure they display a valid CE mark from an authorised reseller.

The firework code

Always follow the firework code:

  • keep fireworks in a sealed box
  • use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately
  • NEVER put fireworks in your pocket
  • read the instructions carefully using a torch or hand lamp
  • NEVER use a naked flame to read instructions
  • light fireworks at arms length using a taper or a firework lighter
  • stand well back and NEVER return to a firework after it has been lit
  • ensure children with fireworks are well supervised
  • NEVER throw fireworks
  • keep all pets and animal indoors
  • take care of sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished

Firework regulations

  • air bombs and nuisance rockets banned
  • restricted selling periods from 1 January 2005
  • accountability for firework importers
  • under 18s not allowed to possess fireworks
  • 11.00pm to 7.00am curfew (except New Year's Eve)
  • maximum noise levels for fireworks

The police and trading standards will enforce these new regulations. If you break these regulations you could be fined up to a maximum £5,000 or imprisoned for six months.


You can also find out about bonfires and smoke pollution.

Also see

Public Protection - Trading Standards

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 08082 231133