UK Legislation

There’s lots of legislation that applies to professional firework display here in the UK, and often it can seem mind-boggling and never-ending! Here’s a guide to some of the major pieces of law that are relevant to firework displays.

Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005
These regulations cover the storage of explosives (and also their manufacture), and include things like licensing, storage conditions and fire prevention.

Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 , also referred to as HASAW or HSW, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009
Covers the carriage of fireworks (and other dangerous goods) by road in the UK

ADR 2009
ADR is the European Regulations that cover the carriage of dangerous goods by road (including fireworks), parts of which apply in the UK and other parts cover Europe in general.

The Classification and Labelling of Explosives Regulations 1983
These regulations cover explosive (including firework) classification and the required labelling.

Fireworks Act 2003
Enabling legislation that allows the Secretary of State to create new firework laws.

Firework Regulations 2004
Sets specific hours during fireworks may be used at various times of the year, types of fireworks that are banned for sale to the public, and makes it an offence to possess Category 4 fireworks unless a professional.