Fireworks, because they are explosives, are regulated under national and EU legislation and can only be imported into the country under licence and stored and sold in accordance with the explosives law. Fireworks are categorised into four categories, depending on their hazard and whether they require specialist knowledge to use them. The least hazardous is Category 1 and the most hazardous is Category 4.
Since 4 July 2010 Category 1 fireworks (very low hazard) are on sale to the general public while all other categories are only available for use in organised displays by professional operators. An importation licence is required in the first instance. For more information please see:
Fireworks Information Notice
Fireworks are not only dangerous, there are severe criminal penalties that apply. Read our Fireworks Information Notice.
General Guidance Notes- Explosive Legislation (PDF - 85KB)
Guidance Document on Organised Pyrotechnic Displays (PDF - 606KB)
Application forms for the Import of Fireworks
Application Form for a Licence to Import Display Pyrotechnics
Pyrotechnics Importation Application Form (MS WORD 33KB)
Directive 2013/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pyrotechnic articles (recast) (PDF 1.1MB)
Please note the following Safety Warning on the sale and distribution of pyrotechnics for use at private parties and public events:
For information on the storage of pyrotechnics - See Storing Explosives also.
If any queries please contact Explosives Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality at: