Fireworks are great fun and very beautiful, but don't be fooled. Remember fireworks are explosives and can cause serious injury or death. Every year as many as 500 people are injured as a result of using or playing with fireworks and many more are burned using sparklers. Our advice this year is, as always, if you wish to see fireworks, go to a professionally organised display and leave it to the experts. Displays at home carry a far greater risk and are nowhere near as spectacular.
If you sell fireworks you must comply with the law. It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875, Fireworks Act 2003, the Explosives Regulations 2014 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987:
The maximum penalty for selling fireworks to persons apparently under the age of 18 is an unlimited fine or 6 months imprisonment.
Trading Standards are visiting all retailers who sell fireworks to ensure compliance with these regulations. For more information on your responsibilities visit the HSE Website.
If you are organising a public display visit the website of the HSE for information and advice on your responsibilities.
Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service is responsible for licensing all keepers of fireworks including retailers and display operators.
All licensed keepers are visited every year to ensure that they are storing fireworks safely and not overstocking. Trading Standards monitor Social Media looking for unlicensed people selling fireworks from their home. They have in the past with Police assistance visited homes where fireworks are being stored and sold by unlicensed sellers. They have also seized fireworks and taken formal action against retailers who were storing them dangerously.
It is an offence to sell from a market stall or from the back of a van. If you see this happening please report it to Trading Standards via the Citizen's Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.