Use of Fireworks

I have been contacted by a number of my constituents regarding the use of fireworks.

The Police have the power to issue penalty notices to persons aged 16 and over for a range of offences related to the misuse of fireworks. These offences include throwing fireworks, possession of a firework designated only for displays, possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework and breach of the fireworks curfew.

This curfew applies every night from 11.00pm to 7.00am, with exceptions for the specific festivals of Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and the Chinese New Year: these are all festivals where fireworks have traditionally been used in celebration. On those specific days, the cut-off time is 1.00am.

The Government has no current plans to extend this curfew or increase the penalties for breaking it, but, if you do become aware of any breaches of these regulations, I would encourage you to notify Surrey Police.

In addition, the Health and Safety Executive publishes guidance to help people use and store fireworks safely, and animal welfare organisations (such as the RSPCA) have published helpful guidance on making fireworks celebrations less frightening for pets.