Fireworks can frighten people and animals. In particular children and the elderly can be intimidated and scared by firework noise . Disturbing domestic pets can also be dangerous as they may become vicious and destructive if they panic.
Currently there are no restrictions on the sale of fireworks other than the prohibition of the sale of fireworks to anyone under 18 years. Caps, cracker snaps and party poppers can be sold to anyone under 16 years.
Traders must apply for a licence to the council to supply fireworks all year round. For more information – see our fireworks licensing page.
It is illegal to keep fireworks (except for private use) on premises that have not been registered for this purpose. Individuals can store fireworks for private use for up to 14 days, provided they are kept in a safe place.