Whatever the time of year, fireworks are popular. You may be organising an event, going to a public display, or having a party at home. Whatever your plans, we would like you to have a fun, safe and enjoyable time.

Safety tips for hosting a fireworks party

The best plan is to go to an organised event to celebrate Bonfire Night. But if you’re hoping to host your own at home, please follow these top tips:

  • don’t locate your bonfire near sheds, trees, fences, any cables, roads or near buildings
  • keep an eye on weather conditions
  • warn your neighbours beforehand
  • burn dry materials only, damp items produce much more smoke
  • never burn rubber, plastic, paint, aerosol cans, batteries or foam
  • before lighting, check your bonfire for pets and wildlife
  • do not use flammable liquids to light your bonfire
  • always supervise bonfires until they have fully gone out
  • have a bucket of water or hose handy. Follow the Firework Safety advice from RoSPA, visit Firework Safety.

Time restrictions for setting off fireworks

It is against the law to let off fireworks on a street or in a public place and other than New Year’s Eve, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year and Divali between the hours of 11pm to 7am.

The Police enforce the law in relation to antisocial behaviour and fireworks.

Restrictions on buying fireworks

It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. Officers from Trading Standards work with Avon and Somerset Constabulary and local licensing officers to help prevent the sale of age restricted goods such as fireworks to children.

Last reviewed: November 14, 2023 by Qi

Next review due: May 14, 2024

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