Use and Sale of Fireworks in Scotland, and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics

Closes 15 Aug 2021

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Adult fireworks are Category F2, F3 and F4 fireworks and do not include Category F1 fireworks like party poppers.

Consumer fireworks are fireworks that can be sold to the general public in Scotland.  This includes category F1 fireworks (available to those over 16 years) and category F2 and F3 fireworks (available to those over 18 years).

Category F1 fireworks[1] are fireworks which present a very low hazard and negligible noise level and which are intended for use in confined areas, including fireworks which are intended for use inside domestic buildings.

Category F2 fireworks are fireworks which present a low hazard and low noise level and which are intended for outdoor use in confined areas.

Category F3 fireworks are fireworks which present a medium hazard, which are intended for outdoor use in large open areas and whose noise level is not harmful to human health.

Category F4 fireworks are fireworks which present a high hazard, which are intended for use only by persons with specialist knowledge and whose noise level is not harmful to human health.

Category P1 other pyrotechnic articles[2] are pyrotechnic articles, other than fireworks and theatrical pyrotechnic articles, which present a low hazard.

Category P2 other pyrotechnic articles are pyrotechnic articles, other than fireworks and theatrical pyrotechnic articles, which are intended for handling or use only by persons with specialist knowledge.

Category T1 theatrical pyrotechnic articles[3]  are theatrical pyrotechnic articles which present a low hazard.

Category T2 theatrical pyrotechnic articles are theatrical pyrotechnic articles which are intended for use only by persons with specialist knowledge.

Community Group - a person who is the organiser of a public fireworks display (or who is assisting such an organiser), and who uses the firework in question for the purposes of putting on a public fireworks display on behalf of a charitable, religious, youth, recreational, community, political or similar organisation.

Firework operator - a person who is employed by, or in business as, a professional organiser or operator of firework displays, and who uses the firework in question for the purposes of putting on a firework display for their employer or in the course of their business or at a public celebration or a commemorative event.

Legislation - the laws which set out what people can and cannot do with fireworks.

Other pyrotechnic articles will have P1 or P2 marked on them.

Pyrotechnic device - any article which contains explosive substances or an explosive mixture of substances designed to produce heat, light, sound, gas or smoke or a combination of such effects through self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions.

Supply of fireworks - (a) selling them, (b) exchanging them for any consideration other than money, and (c) giving them as a prize or otherwise making a gift of them; but not including supplying them otherwise than in the course of a business (Section 1(3) of the Fireworks Act 2003).  Supply also includes the physical transfer of fireworks to customers.

Theatrical pyrotechnic articles - will have T1 or T2 marked on them. 

 

[1] As outlined in The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015

[2] As defined in The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015

[3] As defined in The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015

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