The Explosives Act 1875 permits the storage of a limited
quantity of fireworks or explosives for an unlimited period of
time, or the storage of an unlimited quantity of fireworks for up
to 14 days prior to their use.
It is generally taken that these provisions apply to 'private
use', by the keeper or associates (for example, for a school
bonfire) but not for sale. It also applies where local operators
are storing fireworks prior to them firing a professional
Different parts of explosives and firework law are enforced by
- The Department of Trade and Industry
- The Fire Brigade
- The Health and Safety Executive (or their agents)
- Local Authority Trading Standards Departments
- The Police
The premises must be registered with the Greater Manchester
Fire Service in the name of the occupier, either for
'Gunpowder' or 'Mixed Explosives', and the registration must be
Apply for a licence
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Sale to children
It's illegal to sell fireworks to any person under the age
of 18 years.
Whenever an accident occurs by explosion or fire in registered
premises, causing loss of life or personal injury, the occupier of
the premises must notify us or the Health and Safety
Inspection of registered premises
The occupier of registered premises must allow any authorised
officer of the Council to inspect the place and receptacles where
explosives are kept.