View our frequently asked questions for information about fireworks or simply contact Showtime Fireworks if you need help: 020 8087 3147

U.K. law states that no persons younger than the age of 18 can purchase fireworks, however when buying fireworks from one of our retail shops we tolerate a strict challenge 25 policy where we will ask for I.D. if we feel you look younger than this. Please do not take offence to our staff if they do ask you for I.D. this is simply to ensure we are abiding by the U.K. laws.


If you live in one of the above post code areas we are currently offering a free delivery option. Just enter your post at checkout and we’ll deliver your fireworks to you free of charge.

In the very unlikely occasion you find any of our fireworks cheaper elsewhere then we will be more than happy to beat that price.

You can legally use fireworks any day of the year between 7am and 11pm. There are extensions to this; on Guy Fawkes Night you can use them until 12am and on New Years Eve, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Divali until 1am.

We only deal with manufacturers whose fireworks comply fully with all aspects of the current fireworks safety regulation (BS7114).

It is very unusual for our fireworks to fail to go off, however it can happen. In these circumstances, do not approach the firework. It is best to leave the firework overnight then soak with water the following day, and contact your local fire service for further advice.

Yes, you can use fireworks in the rain. There are a number of ways you can do this, you can either protect the firework by placing a bag over it when it is on the ground or you can waterproof the fireworks using clingfilm.

Ensure your fireworks are stored well away from flammable materials and sources of heat such as hot water boilers or radiators.

Ensure your storage area is dry. Fireworks which have become damp should not be used, you should never attempt to dry a firework.

Consider the temperature which you store fireworks at, ensuring that they are kept at a consistent temperature. Changing temperatures can cause humidity which can make your fireworks become damp so you will find a moisture trap as sold by local DIY stores useful to extract moisture from the environment.

There are four divisions which fireworks fall under, which relates to the type of item, level of hazard and net explosive content.

Category 1 or F1 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for use in confined areas, including fireworks which are intended for use inside domestic buildings (i.e. indoor fireworks).

Category 2 or F2 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for outdoor use (i.e. garden fireworks) and can have a minimum safety distance for operators of 8 metres, and spectators between 8 and 20 metres.

Category 3 or F3 Fireworks, are fireworks, which are intended for outdoor use in large open areas (i.e. display fireworks for open areas such as fields) and can have a minimum safety distance of 15 metres for operators and 25 metres for spectators.

Category 4 or F4 Fireworks, are not available to members of the public and are for use by persons with specialist knowledge (i.e. professional firework companies).

To dispose of used fireworks, they should be submerged in a bucket of water for 48 hours. This will ensure the firework is no longer explosive. Once this has been done and the firework is soaked through, it can then be disposed of in your general waste if permitted. Please check with your local council, if unsure whether or not fireworks are allowed to be disposed of in your household waste.

Keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off. Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start.

Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum.

Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on (but not too loudly) in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.

Take hutches/cages into a garage or shed, or, a quiet room indoors if possible.

Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe.

If you are aware that horses, ponies or cattle are housed nearby, ensure you let the owners know, in advance that you intend to set off fireworks.

If you know your animals react badly to loud noises perhaps consider moving them for the night.

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