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Fireworks and Explosives - all you need to know

FIREWORKS AND EXPLOSIVES

What we do

As the Explosives Licensing Authority, we are informing future applicants who wish to store explosives of the change in the law and how it affects them as potential licensees of a storage licence.

The new Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER14) came into force on 1st of October 2014 and consolidate and revoke a number of existing explosives regulations including the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005. ER14 brings together the requirements of health and safety explosives legislation which merges previous explosives storage registrations into the licensing system.

It is important to note that this Authority requires 15 working days to process a licence application.

What must I do if I store and sell fireworks?

If you store fireworks for sale, it is your legal duty to:

Prevent a fire or explosion

Limit the possible extent of a fire or explosion including measures to prevent the spreading of fires and explosions from one location to another

Protect people from the effects of a fire or explosion

When can I legally sell fireworks?

Bonfire period – October 15 to November 10


Diwali – On the day of Diwali and the three days immediately following the day


New Year – December 26 to December 31


Chinese New Year – On the first day of Chinese New Year and the three days immediately following the day