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Fireworks: Children

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 195624, tabled on 26 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are being taken to ensure that fireworks are not accessible to people under the age of 18.

Answered on

30 November 2018

Under the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 there is a ban on the supply of categories F2 and F3 fireworks to people under the age of 18.

All premises supplying these fireworks are required by the Fireworks Regulations 2004 to display a notice highlighting that it is illegal to sell fireworks to people who are underage and for underage people to possess them in public. There is also a ban on the possession of these fireworks in public places by people under 18.

Local Authority Trading Standards have powers to enforce the law and work with businesses to help them comply with the law through practical advice and toolkits. The maximum penalty for supplying category F2 or category F3 fireworks to a person under 18 is a fine or three months imprisonment.

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