Fireworks are controlled by the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 and the Explosives Act 1875.
In sumary:

  • It is illegal to sell fireworks or sparklers to any person under the age of 18 years.

  • It is illegal to sell party poppers, serpents and novelty matches to any person under the age of 16 years.

  • It is illegal to sell Christmas crackers to any person under the age of 12 years.

  • It is illegal for a person under the age of 18 years to possess a firework in a public place (which effectively also prohibits them from purchasing fireworks).

  • However, a test purchase volunteer purchasing fireworks on behalf of a local authority would be exempt from the possession offence.

  • It is illegal to sell gunpowder to any person under the age of 16 years.

  • The legislation also requires you to display a notice at the point of sale stating: 

"it is illegal to sell category F2 fireworks or category F3 fireworks to anyone under the age of eighteen" and

"it is illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen to possess any category F2 fireworks or category F3 fireworks in a public place"

The notice is required to be A3 size, with text a minimum of 16mm high. You can purchase a legally compliant notice from our website by clicking below. PLEASE NOTE: The notice changed with effect from 17th August 2015, so any old notices (that used to refer to 'adult fireworks or sparklers') must be replaced with a new notice.