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The sale and use of fireworks in England and Wales are governed primarily by the Fireworks Regulations 2004 made under the Fireworks Act 2003. The law is basically the same in Scotland, where the 2004 Regulations also apply alongside the Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004. The position is different in Northern Ireland, where a valid licence is needed to buy, possess and use fireworks (except for indoor fireworks and sparklers).

More detail is given in a Commons Library Briefing:

Regulation of fireworks, Commons Library Briefing Paper CBP 5704, 1 April 2020.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, many local authorities, charities and other bodies have already cancelled public bonfires and firework displays for 2020.

Anyone who does attempt to organise a public bonfire or fireworks display must demonstrate how it will be Covid-19 secure and managed within current government guidelines.  Private organisers are also warned that further restrictions could be imposed at any time to help control the spread of coronavirus and that local authorities have powers to stop any event if there are not satisfactory control and management plans in place.

Recognising the possibility that there could be more garden firework displays, some local authorities and housing associations are asking members of the public purchasing fireworks to think of their neighbours who might be shielding during this time. However, there are no additional restrictions on the sale of fireworks.

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