Frequently Asked Questions
Questions most often asked by customers.
Can I buy fireworks at any time of year?
Yes, and fireworks are increasingly popular throughout the year for weddings, birthdays and even at summer evening barbecues. Remember that demand is high on Nov 5th and New Year approach so order early.
Can I let my fireworks off at any time?
Yes, with certain limitations – but the law is only the embodiment of common sense and consideration for others. Fireworks are not allowed after 11.00pm (or earlier than 7.00am) except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1 am).
Do I need a licence or any special permission?
No. A private display needs no formalities unless you live in Northern Ireland. If you are putting on a public display, or are charging for entry then you should follow all the published guidelines for an organised event.
Read the Health & Safety Executive Guidelines on Fireworks Displays
Can you post my fireworks?
While The Royal Mail service will not accept fireworks. We are able to ship your item using a special courier service.
So how soon can you deliver?
Usually within a week. 48hours is possible but only in special circumstances. See the page on deliveries. Keep in mind that extra demand can lead to longer turnaround times, especially approaching Nov 5th, and the Christmas holiday period affects fireworks required for New Year celebrations.
Do I need fireworks insurance?
Most good household policies will cover the risks associated with domestic fireworks. If in doubt, check with your insurance company. You will definitely need special cover if you run a public event – see insurance for more details.
How do I know my fireworks are safe?
All of our fireworks conform to CE & BS 7114 Part 2:1988 the quality standard for fireworks in the UK. Beware of fireworks from untrustworthy sources.
Is my garden big enough?
Most of our fireworks are Cat 3. The recommended viewing distance is 25m. Some are Cat 2 for which the recommended minimum viewing distance is 8m. Sparklers are category 1.
Fireworks are classified into four categories by CE regulations and BS7114. Only Cat 2 and 3 have any real relevance to consumer display fireworks. More on Cat.2 & 3, CE and BS7114
So how big are your fireworks?
The constraints of web design make it difficult to represent the size accurately but some indications of relative sizes of fireworks are shown with each product.
Can I buy professional fireworks?
Cat 3 fireworks are used in professional displays but Cat 4 can only be purchased and used by properly accredited firework display companies.
While we do not sell professional Cat 4 fireworks directly to the public. We do provide services for putting on firework displays in which Cat 4 fireworks are used.
I’ve been told I must have a professional for my wedding display.
If the venue insists, whether for a wedding, birthday or any other occasion, then this is their prerogative.
Can you do a special message/picture?
Yes. We are able to provide lancework made to order.
What if the weather is poor?
Bad weather need not affect your fireworks display, but it might limit the enjoyment of your spectators! Most fireworks can be protected against rain with polythene bags or clingfilm. Leave it as late as possible before you set them out.
Strong wind is a major consideration though in cancelling your fireworks. You should not ignite anything (including the bonfire!) if there is a risk of burning debris being blown in an unwanted direction.
Why don’t you sell bangers / jumping jacks?
Many types of fireworks which adults remember from their own childhood are no longer available either by law or by a voluntary agreement within the fireworks industry. This includes bangers and, as a general rule, fireworks of erratic flight.
Caution: Fireworks legislation is not coordinated across the EC. You may be offered fireworks bought abroad with no CE or UK BS7114 accreditation. These fireworks are illegal to buy, sell or use.