Keep Safe During Firework Season

It's the season for fireworks and bonfires. Central Bedfordshire Council’s Public Protection team are visiting retailers to ensure that the public isn't being sold dangerous fireworks. 

The council’s Public Protection team is inspecting retailers selling fireworks to ensure that the fireworks they are selling are safe and that they conform to relevant safety standards. Retailers are being checked to see that they are behaving responsibly and complying with the law.

Retailers are reminded of the age restrictions that apply to the sale of fireworks; they must not be sold to under 18s. Fireworks must not be handled in a public place. The council will check  that retailers are registered or licenced to legally store and sell fireworks.

When you buy fireworks only buy those marked with CE. Fireworks are a safety hazard and using or buying fireworks illegally can result in a £5,000 fine or imprisonment. And members of the public could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

If you have any concerns that any fireworks being sold are unsafe or that they are being sold illegally, please contact the council’s Trading Standards in confidence on 0300 300 8136, or email:

Use the council’s guide on how to use fireworks to have an enjoyable and safe bonfire night:

  • Only buy fireworks from a reputable dealer and ensure all fireworks are CE marked
  • Do not drink alcohol if handling fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light at arm’s length using a taper. Stand well back from a lit firework
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit and failed to go off. It could still explode