The regulations are the first part of the Firework Act 2003 to be
The new regulations will ban:
* the possession of fireworks by under-18s in public places
* members of the public from possessing 'category four' professional
fireworks, the largest most powerful type that are used for public
Consumer minister Gerry Sutcliffe said:
'These regulations are the first in a number of measures of our
fireworks legislation which will help drive this kind of loutish
behaviour off the streets. Fireworks can be fun, but these
regulations aim to curb any irresponsible behaviour associated with
Next year further parts of the legislation will come into force,
including curfews on the setting off of fireworks, recognised
training for display operators and the introduction of a licensing
system for suppliers.
The new regulations will be enforced by the police.
1. Bill Tynan MP's Private Members Bill on fireworks was supported by
the Government and received Royal Assent on 18 September 2003.
2. Category four fireworks are the largest most powerful type of
fireworks. Their supply is already restricted by the Consumer
Protection Act and they are all marked 'This device must not be sold
to, or used by a member of the public.'
3. All fireworks sold to the general public must comply with the
Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No. 2294). These
Regulations, among other things;
- ban supply of aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and
maroons-in-mortar, bangers, mini-rockets and fireworks of erratic
flight (e.g. squibs, jumping crackers, helicopters) to the public;
- set 18 as the minimum age for purchasing fireworks (apart from
certain fireworks such as caps, cracker snaps and party poppers which
can be supplied to persons over 16); and
- require that all fireworks allowed for sale to the general public
comply with the British Standard (BS 7114).