Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Fireworks safety

The Fireworks Act is in force to cut the stress, noise and nuisance fireworks can cause, and reduce injuries. 

The Fireworks Regulations 2004 prohibits:

  • Anyone under 18 years from possessing fireworks in a public place
  • Anyone except professionals from possessing display fireworks
  • Any fireworks that detonate at a higher level than 120 decibels
  • The use of fireworks at night (11pm - 7am) in England and Wales.  There are, however, extensions for the use of fireworks at night for the following festivals:  
    • Chinese New Year - until 1:00am on the night
    • Diwali - until 1:00am on the night
    • New Year's Eve - until 1:00am on the night
    • Bonfire Night - until midnight
  • Air bombs are banned and there are new strict controls on mini-rockets.

How can I make a noise complaint about fireworks?

Contact the Police if the fireworks are being let off in the street or outside the permitted times.

Contact Trading Standards if the fireworks seem too loud, appear to be sold outside the permitted times to underage persons.

Contact Northampton Borough Council if someone is persistently letting off fireworks on their property during permitted times and you feel that it is causing a nuisance

What can I do to avoid causing a risk of nuisance to my neighbours?

  • Tell your neighbours
  • Use appropriate fireworks - when buying fireworks, try to avoid noisy ones in sensitive locations. 
  • Make sure pets and other animals are safely away from fireworks. 
  • If you are using fireworks for a celebration, a Friday or Saturday is preferable and make sure they are over by 11:00pm.
  • Avoid letting off fireworks in unsuitable weather
  • Let off your fireworks in an open garden area - noise bounces off buildings and smoke and pollution can build up in enclosed spaces.

If a neighbour complains that you are disturbing them, their pets or livestock, be considerate.

After your display, clear up firework fallout and dispose of it safely.