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In simple terms if you are planning to store more than 5kg NEC (Net Explosive Content) and less than 2000kgs NEC of explosives then you will need to apply for a storage licence from GMFRS.
When can I sell fireworks?
You are only allowed to sell fireworks during the following periods:
If you wish to sell fireworks outside the above defined selling periods then you will need an ‘all year round’ selling licence in addition to the explosives storage licence. It is an offence under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 to sell outside these periods without a selling licence and you may be prosecuted.
To apply for an ‘All Year Round‘ selling licence you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0161 608 4040 and request an application form. The cost of the annual licence is £500.
Explosives (Fireworks, Pyrotechnics and Small Arms Ammunition).
Are fully defined in the New Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER14).
Are explosive articles with UN numbers 0333 to 0337 and defined under The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 as 'pyrotechnic articles for entertainment purposes'.
Legislation / Guidance
The new Explosive Regulations will be supported by a suite of overarching and subsector guidance. The overarching guidance consists of three documents:
ER14 Guidance on Regulations – Safety Provisions
ER14 Guidance on Regulations – Security Provisions L151 http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l151.htm
ER14 Guidance on Regulations - Fireworks in Retail Premises http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg407.htm
A list of information and guidance can be found on the HSE website here.