The Police are responsible for enforcing regulations about the use and possession of fireworks.
If you are planning a fireworks event, you must comply with the firework regulations. The British Fireworks Association (BFA) provide up to date firework regulations and safety advice for consumers and retailers therefore please ensure you take time to visit their website.
Please inform your neighbours so that they can take precautionary action, such as keeping their pets indoors and also advise the Environmental Protection team at Warwick District Council by email to firstname.lastname@example.org in case complaints are made.
It is illegal to
- Have or use adult fireworks if you’re under the age of 18. Adult fireworks are any firework except for a cap, cracker snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent, sparkler or throw down.
- Set off fireworks between 11.00pm and 7.00am. There are different arrangements for special occasions like Guy Fawkes’ Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year (1.00am).
- Have professional fireworks without a licence.
- Sell fireworks without a licence.
Always remember to follow the Fireworks Code
- Do not buy fireworks from UNLICENCED retailers. These fireworks may be unsafe and illegal.
- Only buy fireworks that comply with current safety standards. All fireworks offered for sale in the UK must carry a CE mark (All fireworks supplied by BFA members are tested to conform to the current safety standards. If you require more information, contact the seller or any member of the BFA).
- Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket.
- Be considerate. Let your neighbours know you will be having a display, especially if they are elderly, or they have pets or children.
- Avoid setting fireworks off late at night, particularly if it is a school-night.
- Ensure your pets are safe.
- Carefully follow the instructions on EACH firework.
- Never go back to a lit firework unless the instructions advise otherwise.
- Never throw fireworks; it is dangerous.
- Light fireworks one at a time, at the end of the fuse, and at arm’s length.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear suitable gloves, even when lighting them.
- Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.
- Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.