Explosives licensing and storage (including fireworks)
The following guidance and information is important for anyone who wishes to store explosives within the Greater Manchester area. This information is also relevant to anyone who is considering storing and selling fireworks.
Whether you wish to store fireworks or other forms of explosives (airbags/marine flares) you need to understand the current legislation in relation to explosive storage and your responsibilities under explosives licensing.
The explosive regulations guidance applies to anyone who has duties under the safety provisions of the Explosives Regulations 2014, particularly employers and private individuals manufacturing and storing explosives.
Failure to meet these requirements may render anyone storing explosives liable to prosecution.
Explosive Regulations 2014 (also known as ER14) is supported by a suite of subsector guidance produced by the Health and Safety Executive. The guidance consists of two main documents:
- L150: Guidance on safety provisions (opens in a new window)
- L151: Guidance on security provisions (opens in a new window)
Additional safety guidance can be found in these documents:
- Storing and selling fireworks (opens in a new window)
- Fireworks in retail premises (opens in a new window)
- Organising firework displays (opens in a new window)
- Wholesale storage of fireworks (opens in a new window)
- Pyrotechnic articles in retail and commercial premises (opens in a new window)
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is running a fireworks amnesty with the aim to drive down firework related accidents and keep Greater Manchester safe during the Bonfire period. The amnesty allows members of the public wishing to dispose of fireworks to do so safely by calling 0800 555 815 and a representative from GMFRS will collect and destroy them.
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