Bonfire and Fireworks Advice

Bonfire and fireworks displays can cause safety issues and people should be aware of the environmental impact that displays can have.

If you decide to hold your own display, please see the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service website for advice and information.

If you are planning on having your own display, remember minimise nuisance such as noise, smoke and odour to your neighbours.

Please ensure you:

  • Only burn dry material
  • Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
  • Keep your fire away from trees, fences and buildings
  • Never use oil, petrol or methylated spirits to light a fire – you could damage yourself as well as the environment
  • Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder – put it out
  • Avoid holding firework display in unsuitable weather. High winds may make it unsafe to have fireworks or a bonfire. Misty conditions may also add to pollution. You can check air quality by visiting the DEFRA website
  • Consider what time you use fireworks. Try to hold display on a Friday or Saturday

The Law

  • It is an offence to throw or set off fireworks in the street
  • It is illegal for any person under 18 to be in possession of a firework in a public place
  • You must be over 18 to purchase display fireworks
  • Regulations prohibit the use of fireworks between 11pm to 7am. However, this is extended to midnight on the 5th November
Last updated 30 April 2019
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