Sale of fireworks information

There are restrictions on the types of fireworks that you may sell and to whom you may sell them.

Failure to meet these requirements may render you liable to prosecution.

This information is not an authoritative document on the law and is intended only for guidance. If you require further advice, please contact us.

Age of purchase

It is illegal to sell fireworks to anybody under the age of 18. Note that caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns must not be sold to anybody under the age of 16.

Find out how to register on the Age Check website to assist you in preventing underage sales.

Display of notice

You must display, in a prominent position, a notice, measuring no less than 420mm by 297mm (A3 standard paper size) and whose letters are no less than 16mm high, stating that-

‘It is illegal to sell category F2 or F3 fireworks or sparklers to anyone under the age of eighteen’; and

‘It is illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen to possess Category F2 or F3 fireworks in a public place.’

Information to be provided to the public protection service

If, in a single transaction, you sell a quantity of fireworks such that the total net explosive content of the fireworks exceeds 50kgs, you must keep a record of the following information which can be given to public protection if requested

  • the name and address of the person to whom you sold the fireworks;

  • the date that you sold them;

  • the name and address of the person from whom you bought the fireworks;

  • the date that you bought them; and

  • the total amount of explosives contained in the fireworks that you sold.

You must keep this information for at least 3 years.

In addition, if you sell more than 50kg net mass of fireworks to any person, the purchaser must show you a valid registration or licence certificate to prove that they can legally store the fireworks.

The following fireworks must not be sold to the general public:

  • Bangers

  • Air Bombs

  • Mini-rockets

  • Fireworks with erratic flight (e.g. ground spinners, jumping crackers, squibs)

  • Aerial shells, aerial maroons, shell-in-mortar and maroons-in-mortar

  • Fireworks intended for professional use, marked "This device must not be sold to, or used by, a member of the general public."

  • Category 3 fireworks (those marked  'Display Fireworks') that produce a sound exceeding 120 decibels.

Other measures

  • As of 4th July 2017, all fireworks sold to the general public must be labelled with a CE mark. It is now illegal to sell/supply any old BS7114/BSEN15947 marked stock.

  • Retail boxes of fireworks must not be broken down for sale.

Suppliers licence

If you wish to sell adult fireworks at any time of the year, other than

  • On the first day of the Chinese New Year and the 3 days immediately preceding it;

  • On the day of Diwali and the 3 days immediately preceding it;

  • During the period beginning on the 15th October and ending on the10th November; or

  • During the period beginning on the 26th December and ending on the 31st December

you will need to have a suppliers licence to do so. This licence is in addition to the registration or licence required for the storage of fireworks. The cost of the suppliers licence is set at £500. Please contact us for an application form.

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