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Fireworks: the law

by Jonathan Kearney

Businesses and residents in Knowsley are urged to remember the law around the sale of fireworks.

It is illegal to sell or buy fireworks before 15 October.

Vendors can be fined an unlimited amount and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • Three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

If you have information about businesses in Knowsley selling fireworks before 15 October, contact Tradingstandardsteam@knowsley.gov.uk or phone 0151 443 4712.

Restrictions around the sale and use of fireworks

The sale of fireworks is limited to people aged 18 and over.

It is against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except at the following times:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

If you know of people letting off fireworks outside these times in Knowsley contact Merseyside Police on 101 or email the Council’s Crime and Communities team on safer.knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “It is important people are aware of the restrictions around the sale and the use of fireworks. The safety of our residents is paramount and the Council work closely with businesses and partners to tackle the illegal sale of fireworks. If you are aware of people selling or using fireworks illegally I would urge you to report it.”