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The storage and sale of fireworks known as 'shop goods' from wholesale and retail premises is controlled by the Explosives Acts 1875 to 1976, the Fireworks Act 1951 and the Keeping of Fireworks Order 1959.
No person may store or sell fireworks unless the occupier of the premises has registered those premises with their Local Authority.
Registration of Premises for the Storage and Sale of Fireworks
Application for the registration of premises within Bournemouth Borough Council must be made to the Council.
There is an registration fee which must be paid at the time the application is made. View our current fees and charges|. Where registration is granted that registration and any subsequent registration will expire on one year following the date of registration and must be renewed by that date if the premises are to continue to be used for the sale or storage of fireworks.
Storage of Fireworks
Fireworks may only be stored by prescribed methods known as Mode A or Mode B. The method of storage depends on the weight of the fireworks which includes the weight of the paper or card cases and any woodwork to which the cases are attached.
Mode A storage enables a maximum weight of 1,000 Kilograms of fireworks to be stored in a detached store constructed substantially of brick, stone iron, or concrete. Only fireworks may be kept in this store.
Mode B which is the usual method of storage for retail shops enables a maximum of 250 Kilograms to be stored.
Both methods of storage may be used, but the total weight of fireworks must not exceed 1,000 Kilograms.
Where Mode B is used the Following safety precautions must be observed:
Sale of Fireworks
Fireworks may not be sold to any person apparently under the age of 18 years.
Fireworks cannot be sold in the street or in any public place.
The name and address on any fireworks when received from the manufacturer must not be removed obliterated or altered.
Bengal matches are not fireworks and must not be kept with fireworks. Amorces (paper caps), throwdowns and sparklers are fireworks and must be sold and stored as such.
Vehicle Air Bag Detonators
If air bag detonators are stored (even for short periods when they are removed from vehicles for repair purposes) you must comply with the general requirements of Mode B storage. (See storage of fireworks).
Offences and Penalties
If explosives are kept on non-registered premises or if an offence is committed with respect to the quantity of explosives kept or the method of storage, the appropriate Court may impose, on conviction, a fine of £5,000, or more in some cases, and may order the explosives to be forfeited.
Where a person is found guilty of an offence connected with the safe storage of explosives the Courts may in some circumstances impose an unlimited fine or term of imprisonment.
A person found guilty of selling fireworks to a person apparently under the age of 18 years may on conviction be fined up to a maximum of £5,000.
Copies of the legislation mentioned in this information sheet may be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
A copy of the legislation relating to explosives(fireworks) can be inspected at the Council Offices where you may also obtain a registration form and further help and advice.
Application for a yearly licence.|
Application for more than 75kg|.
Application for less than 75kg.|
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