Ford urges public to apply for their fireworks licence in time for Halloween

Date published: 06 October 2015

Justice Minister David Ford has reminded the public that anyone wishing to buy, possess or use fireworks requires a licence.

Apply for your firework licence in time for Halloween

Applications for the use of fireworks over the Halloween period must be submitted to the Department of Justice no later than Friday 23 October 2015.

David Ford said:  “The law is very clear. For safety purposes, a licence is required to buy, sell or use fireworks.  It is an offence to proceed without one. The application is very straightforward and my Department will process them as quickly as possible, although I would encourage people to submit their application in good time.”

The Minister also outlined the risks of obtaining fireworks from sources other than from a registered supplier. He said: “Fireworks must be purchased from a supplier who has been registered by the Department of Justice.  Don’t be tempted to buy from illegal sources as you will be gambling with the safety of your family and friends and could also face prosecution for breaking the law. Registered retailers should be easily identified as they must display their current licence or certificate of registration prominently at the point of sale.  

“I would encourage anyone who has any information about the illegal sale of fireworks to report it to the PSNI or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

“I appeal to everyone to act responsibly, comply with the law and use fireworks safely to help reduce firework injuries and ensure Halloween is an enjoyable time for all.”

Licence applications and a list of retailers licensed to sell fireworks are available from nidirect website . Application forms are also available by telephoning 0300 200 7881or directly from a registered retailer.

The licence fee where there are less than 100 spectators is £30; for 100 to 1000 spectators is £80 and for more than 1000 spectators is £160.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Explosive (Fireworks) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 came into operation in May 2002 and made it compulsory for anyone wishing to purchase, possess and use fireworks to obtain a licence.
  2. Details on how to apply for a licence, including an application form, can be obtained from NI Direct.  Guidance for members of the public and information on the law surrounding fireworks can also be obtained at this website. You may also obtain application forms from those businesses registered or licensed to store explosives. Information and advice on using fireworks safely and a list of retailers can also be found at NI Direct website.
  3. Information for retailers regarding the legislation regarding the storage of fireworks is available at NIBusiness website.
  4. Completed applications forms together with the appropriate fee should be returned to Firearms and Explosives Branch, Room 4.22, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3SG.
  5. Members of the public are encouraged to pass information about the illegal sale and use of fireworks to the PSNI or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  6. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.

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