Retail Fireworks FAQs

In this FAQ section we provide answers to anything and everything related to home firework displays. We think we’ve covered pretty much everything, but if you can’t find the information you’re looking for then please do get in touch with us.

What postcodes do you deliver fireworks to?

We deliver within a 10 mile radius of our Hemel Hempstead firework shop base.

We offer delivery to the following postcodes:
All HP Postcodes, AL1, AL2, AL3, AL5, HA6, LU1, LU6, LU7, WD1, WD2, WD3, WD4, WD5, WD17, WD18, WD19, WD23, WD24, WD25

If we offer delivery to your postcode area, you’ll be able to select it at checkout for a flat rate of £4.99 per order.

If you live only marginally outside of our delivery postcode areas then you’re welcome to send us a message and we will do what we can to help.

Who can buy fireworks?

Any adult over the age of 18 years old can buy retail fireworks. It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years old, we operate a ‘Think 25 policy’ and anyone who appears under 25 years old will be asked to show photo ID upon delivery or collection or their fireworks. 

Where and when can I let off fireworks?

You can let fireworks off on your own land or property or on another person’s land or property with the owner’s consent 365 days a year between the hours of 7.00am and 11.00pm, till midnight on bonfire night and till 1.00am New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

What does the category of fireworks mean?

There are four divisions which fireworks fall under, which relates to type of item, level of hazard, net explosive content and noise level.

Category 1 or F1 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for use in confined areas, including fireworks which are intended for use inside domestic buildings (i.e. indoor fireworks).

Category 2 or F2 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for outdoor use (i.e. garden fireworks) and can have a minimum safety distance for operators of 8 metres, and spectators between 8 and 20 metres.

Category 3 or F3 Fireworks, are fireworks, which are intended for outdoor use in large open areas (i.e. display fireworks for open areas such as fields) and can have a minimum safety distance of 15 metres for operators and 25 metres for spectators.

Category 4 or F4 Fireworks, are not available to members of the public and are for use by persons with specialist knowledge (i.e. professional firework companies).

Safe distances for lighting fireworks?

Legitimate fireworks sold in the UK carry the CE label and are categorised with minimum distances for each category. 

Category 1 – Indoor fireworks

Category 2 – 8 metre distance from fireworks

Category 3 – 25 metres from fireworks

Caged – 25 metre distance from fireworks. These caged barrage fireworks meet uk safety standards for storage by being stored within a pyromesh cage. This metal cage reduces the fire and hazard risk of these more powerful fireworks, until the mesh is opened at the fireworks display prior to being ignited. 

What other things are there to consider when buying fireworks?

Before purchasing fireworks it is always a good idea to check the area you are going to ignite them. In your garden you will need 24m between your viewing area and where you intend to ignite them if you want to buy Cat 3, or 8m for Cat 2 fireworks, these distances are for your own safety and protection as well as making sure you can enjoy the full effect of them when viewing. 

30 meters or more is the ideal distance from viewing area to firing site, it’s a good idea to check that there are no overhead obstructions like trees, telephone cables or electricity cables. If you live near an airport check you are not too close to interfere with a flight path. 

You may want to notify your neighbours if you are having a display so they can make arrangements for pets, young or the elderly.

How much do fireworks cost?

The price of fireworks depends on which fireworks you are looking for. They can start from just a few pounds for a single firework, up to £2000 for a complete fireworks display package. The fireworks display prices depend on the duration, amount of firework shots and intensity.

Can I buy Firecrackers?

Unfortunately, Firecrackers cannot be bought legally in the UK anymore. That’s doesn’t mean there are not still some very exciting and loud fireworks available! Just take a look at our product videos to see what we mean.

Can I legally buy fireworks?

Yes, Fireworks are legal in the UK. You cannot buy fireworks if you’re under 18. Also, by law you can only set off fireworks between 7am and 11pm unless it’s during certain special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, Diwali, Chinese New Year, which is 1am and Guy Fawkes (5th Nov) which is Midnight.

Can I let my fireworks off at the park?

According to the law you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places. Under the law, you must have permission of the land owner to let off fireworks. Also, you should only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from licensed sellers for private use.

Can I buy bangers?

Bangers have been illegal to sell or buy in the UK since 1997. This is due to being labelled as potentially harmful and a nuisance firework. Along with Mini rockets, firecrackers, jumping jacks or fireworks with erratic flight and Airbombs.

Can I set off fireworks in my garden?

Yes, you can. Under the law, you must have permission of the land owner to let off fireworks. So if it is your property you can set off your fireworks in your backyard. From sparklers, to fountains or rockets. Always make sure you buy fireworks safe for your garden.

How old do you have to be to buy fireworks?

In the UK, you are able to buy fireworks (including sparklers) from the age of 18. It is illegal to possess fireworks under the age of 18.

How much does a fireworks display cost?

A 15 minute DIY Firework display can cost anywhere from a firework selection box, or discounted display pack at £25.00 to a professional firework display costing upwards of £2,000.00 – with many large Guy Fawkes display costing over £5,000.00.

What time can I set my fireworks off?

You must not light fireworks between 11pm and 7am. With the exception of special holidays, like Bonfire night (5th November) which is midnight, Diwali, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve which is 1am.