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Important information for fireworks license holders or applicants who wish to store fireworks for sale in 2017

The following information relates to legislative changes introduced by the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010 and now required by the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015.

The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 require that from July 5, 2017, all consumer fireworks sold in the UK must comply with Part 2 of those regulations.

Part 2 outlines the legal obligations of economic operators, retailers etc.

The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 specify those fireworks which may be supplied to the general public. These are listed as Category F1, F2 and F3 fireworks.

Only fireworks that comply with European safety standards that carry a CE mark and are correctly labelled, with details of the manufacturer and importer, can legally be supplied to consumers after the 5 July 2017.

Please be advised that if you are currently stocking retail fireworks that do not bear the required CE mark and are instead labelled under BS7114: Part 2 they will need to be sold or returned to your supplier before 5 July 2017. After this date it becomes an offence to sell these fireworks and you will be required to dispose of them at your own expense.

As the legislation currently stands, after 5 July 2017 fireworks – those are marked as complying with BS7114: Part 2 can no longer be supplied to the public.

Please take this into consideration when purchasing any new stock this season. If in doubt please contact your supplier.

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Last update: 16/08/2017 16:50:48