Legislation and Guidance

The supply, storage, and sales of explosives and in particular fireworks are subject to a range of legislation, including; 

Explosives Regulations 2014 - Provides regulation of the manufacture, storage and acquisition of explosives

Firework Regulations 2004 - Covers the sales, possession and use of fireworks 

Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 - Deals with the safety of pyrotechnic articles made available for sale 

Explosives Act 1875 - Covers the use of fireworks in public places

The Explosive Regulations 2014 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 (PDF, 1.3MB)

L151: Guidance on security provisions (PDF, 885KB)

Additional guidance 

Storing and Selling Fireworks (PDF, 175KB)

Fireworks in Retail Premises (PDF, 736KB)

Organising Firework Displays (HSE website)

Wholesale Storage of Fireworks (PDF, 284KB)