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There is a fireworks curfew for the use of 'adult fireworks' with penalties up to a £5,000 fine and six months' jail.

The ban on fireworks between 2300 and 0700 hours is part of a range of measures introduced by the Government to clamp down on anti-social behaviour, as detailed in the Fireworks Regulations 2004. For a copy of the regulations, go to the HMSO website.

  • The measures also make it illegal for anyone under 18 to carry fireworks in public places
  • Shops cannot sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels


Exceptions have been made to the ban for major events such as New Year's Eve, November 5th, Chinese New Year and Diwali (Hindu Festival).

New Year displays, Chinese New Year, and the Diwali Celebrations will be allowed to continue until 0100, but Bonfire Night fireworks must finish by midnight.


In all cases the regulations make it clear that it is the police who are responsible for the enforcement of the regulations which apply to possession and use.

Licences to sell fireworks

Licences required for the sale of fireworks are issued by Essex County Council Trading Standards, please visit their website for more information and advice.

Further information

If you require more information on fireworks, please see the Essex Police website or contact them on 101.