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The Environmental Health Service receives a number of complaints
each year regarding fireworks parties. Due to their increased
popularity it is important to be aware of the current
When can I use fireworks?
Regulations 2004 prohibit the use of fireworks at night (11pm -
7am). However, there are some exceptions, eg: Bonfire Night when
separate regulations apply. The regulations prohibit anyone
under the age of 18 from possessing fireworks, and anyone except
professionals from possessing display fireworks.
What is the law on the supply of
Under the Fireworks (Safety)
Regulations 1997 all fireworks for use by the public must
meet British Standards. Additionally, the sale of
fireworks to anyone under 18 is banned, and of caps, cracker snaps
and party poppers to anyone under 16.
Noise from fireworks
The Environmental Health Service has powers under the Environmental
Protection Act 1990 to take action against any person who it
believes to be causing a 'statutory nuisance'. Complaints
received from fireworks parties can be avoided if the party host
takes a few simple steps:-
The noise effects of fireworks will affect neighbours up to 100
metres away. Inform your neighbours of your intention to have a
- Try to light the fireworks as early as possible to avoid
disturbing those who are trying to sleep.
- Keep the fireworks away from your neighbour's property and
direct them into open space rather than at other properties.
- Keep party noise to a minimum and ensure guests leave as
quietly as possible at the end of the evening.
- Do not use large aerial fireworks, which are the noisiest.
- If the fireworks parties occur regularly from one property the
Service may be able to take action against the occupier.
Making a complaint about fireworks
If you make a
complaint you will need to identify the property causing the
disturbance An officer will then write to the alleged
offender, informing them that a complaint has been received (your
details will remain confidential). If the fireworks continue,
the Council may take action in cases where a 'statutory nuisance'
In some circumstances the Council will be unable to take action
and private action in the Magistrates Court will be advised.
More information on this method of action is available from the
Environmental Health Service on request.
If you are planning a
fireworks party you should also consider the following health and
- Keep your fireworks in a safe place, such as a closed metal or
wooden container away from sources of heat, naked flames and other
sources of ignition.
- Do not smoke in the vicinity of the fireworks.
- Keep children and pets away from fireworks.
- Do not use fireworks in adverse weather conditions, such as
- Light the fireworks at arms length.
- If a firework does not go off, do not return to it until you
are sure it is safe to do so
For more information on animals and fireworks please read our
information leaflet or read our
.Useful sites to visit about fireworks:-
Or, if you require further information about fireworks please
Fireworks and animals
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our advice leaflet for further information on how to look after
your pets on Bonfire Night and any other time they are frightened
by fireworks. For information from the RSPCA
please check their website - once on the RSPCA website see Campaigns
and select Fireworks.