Explosive Regulations

Firework display
Firework display

The Explosives Regulations 2014

New legislation relating to the storage of fireworks came into force on the 01 October 2014.

From this date all applications must be processed under the new regulations.

The Explosives Regulations 2014 have been produced to consolidate specific areas relating to the manufacture and storage for explosives and fireworks. This guidance replaces The Manufacture and Storage Regulations 2005.

Anyone who has duties under the safety provision of the Explosives Regulations 2014, particularly employers, private individuals and other people manufacturing  explosives storing larger quantities of explosives or storing explosives that present higher hazards.

Guidance on the new legislation and how it will affect you, if you wish to store fireworks, together with a draft document providing guidance on the new regulations can be found at :


All new applications or renewals for a licence to store fireworks will now only be granted by the Licensing Authority once the premises have been subject to a satisfactory inspection by a Fire Safety Officer from TWFRS.

You can request an inspection by following the link.

An inspection will be carried out by a Fire Safety officer within 28 days from request to asses the suitability of the premises for explosive storage (please see our storage guidance for further information).

If the premises is deemed suitable an application form will then be given to the applicant so they can apply for a licence. 

Firefighter with Policeman

For retailers and suppliers of fireworks

  • Fireworks can only be sold with a licence on the first day of Diwali and three days immediately before it, from 15 October to 10 November and 26 December to 31 December, as well as Chinese New Year and the three days immediately before the date.

  • An extra fireworks licence is required if you wish to sell fireworks at any other time.  Please contact Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for details on how to obtain one.

  • You must obtain a licence to store fireworks.

  • You must store fireworks safely.

  • You must display a large notice reminding customers about the law on underage sales and possession.

  • You must not sell fireworks to anyone who is under 18 - even if they appear older (proof of age should be asked for).

  • You must not sell caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns to anyone under 16.

  • Boxes of fireworks must not be split and sold separately.

  • All fireworks for the public must comply with the British Standard (BS 7114).

  • If you don't follow these rules you could be fined £5,000 or imprisoned for 6 months.

  • All fireworks not intended for supply to the general public (category 4) must be marked to show this.

  • All category 3 fireworks (display fireworks) must not be more than 120 decibels.

  • Licensing authorities can ask to see information relating to transactions of fireworks exceeding 50kg of net explosive mass.



Full details of fees can be found at the following link.


Suppliers of adult fireworks must hold a licence.  Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority grant licences. We will refuse a  licence unless the applicant follows all legal requirements for storing fireworks, and may refuse a  licence (or revoke a licence previously granted) if the applicant has committed any fireworks-related offences.

The licence allows the holder to supply fireworks on the first day of the Chinese New Year and three days immediately before it, on the first day of Diwali and three days immediately before it, from 15 October to 10 November and 26 December to 31 December.

Traders wishing to supply at any other time must apply for a separate annual licence to sell as well as the initial licence.


Firework suppliers must display a notice stating that it is a criminal offence to supply adult fireworks to those under the age of eighteen, and for people under eighteen to own adult fireworks.

Fireworks suppliers must provide a local licensing authority with information about fireworks where the total net explosive mass of fireworks supplied in a single sale is more than 50kg.

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  • Firework Display Risk Assessment [pdf / 435KB] The Safe Working Procedure for Firework Displays and Bonfires should be adhered to when planning any event involving fireworks and bonfires, please refer any queries you have to your local Fire Safety Team.