Fireworks are a traditional part of Bonfire Night celebrations, but they are dangerous explosives and cause many serious accidents every year. The consequences of misusing fireworks can be irreversible and can destroy lives. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a professionally organised event.
There are also restrictions on the length of period you can store large quantities of fireworks at home without registering with Suffolk Trading Standards so please consider the law carefully if you are planning your own party. Police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks and will deal firmly with anyone found to be doing so. If you see anything suspicious or anyone attempting to light unauthorised fires, please call 999 and report it immediately.
Fireworks can be irreversible and can destroy the lives of you and your family. We understand that fireworks are a traditional part of Bonfire Night celebrations, but they are dangerous explosives and cause many serious accidents every year – even sparklers, which many think of as fairly harmless, account for the most injuries each year.
Under the law it is illegal:
- To let off any fireworks in a public place, this carries a fine of up to £5000. You can also be issued with and £80 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
- To set off fireworks between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am (extended to 12:00 midnight on Bonfire Night).
- For a member of the public to possess a ‘display’ style firework (Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals).
- To cause unnecessary suffering to animals with fireworks. This carries a maximum penalty of £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
- To sell bangers, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (Squibs, helicopters etc), aerial shells and maroons.
- To store fireworks for private use for more than 14 days.
- To sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. This carries a maximum penalty of £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
The police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks.