New fireworks regs come into force


New regulations have come into force over the sale of fireworks. With retailers soon to begin ordering stock for Bonfire Night, they will now have to keep a record of where that stock came from, for 10 years.

The changes are part of The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations, which came into force on 17th August as part of a new EU Directive.

As part of the new Regulations, retailers must also change their statutory firework notices. The Regulations are aimed at placing a duty on all retailers to record their purchases in order to maintain better records of the entire fireworks supply chain. Retailers who sell onto other retailers will also need to record transactions.

The Statutory notice that must clearly be displayed in all stores selling fireworks must now feature the following text:

  • It is illegal to sell category F2 fireworks or category F3 fireworks to anyone under the age of 18
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess category F2 fireworks or category F3 fireworks in a public place

Legally compliant posters are available for £3.50 from Under Age Sales at:




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