Buying wholesale fireworks

Buying wholesale fireworks is not difficult provided you have the correct licensing in place. Buying Wholesale Fireworks can work out to be significantly cheaper than buying from a shop or online fireworks store. When buying in bulk you do not need to compromise on quality, most wholesale fireworks companies tend to stock products of a reasonable quality. Having said that when searching for a supplier only the best priced and best quality fireworks should be considered to justify spending the sort of money required to order in bulk.

  • Are you organising a large event with a big fireworks display? It is also worth considering buying Wholesale Fireworks for big events and public displays. It definitely makes sense to buy in bulk because you can save a lot of money buying in wholesale quantities; there are some great companies out there (YTM Fireworks) that can provide you with some amazing fireworks for your display
  • Are you having a private fireworks party with your friends and family? If so buying fireworks in bulk could help you save a lot of money also. Why not buy a large order of fireworks and split the cost between you and your friends, it will save you all money and you will get a lot more fireworks for your budget. Remember you are not compromising on quality when you buy wholesale fireworks, you are getting the same product but at a cheaper price

Storage of fireworks

There are a number of laws you need to follow when storing fireworks safely in the UK.

  • In order to sell and store fireworks, you must first register your premises with your local authority who will issue you with a registration documentation
  • A licence to store fireworks lasts one year
  • Conditions of storage are determined by storage regulations and possible risk assessments from your local authority

Some other useful information when it comes to storing fireworks and things to keep in mind are:

  • Fireworks are kept away from any sources of heat or fire. Sources of heat or fire include heaters, naked flames and people smoking
  • All fireworks must be kept dry
  • Never, ever smoke while handling or in the proximity of fireworks

It is essential that your fireworks are kept dry not only for safety but for use as well, a damp firework is no good to anybody. Beware of storing fireworks outside, for example sheds and store rooms, which can get damp and avoid anywhere with significant changes of temperatures including greenhouses, conservatories and lofts which could result in condensation. If you must keep your fireworks in the shed, wrap them up tightly in sealed bin liners or plastic bags.

Sale of fireworks

Once you have been granted your annual registration (storage license) and license (sales license) you can sell fireworks during the following dates:

  • On the first day of Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding it
  • On the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it
  • During the period 15th October - 10th November
  • During the period 26th December - 31st December

To re-iterate, you do not need a sales license to sell fireworks during the above periods

Firework retailers wishing to sell outside of these dates must obtain an additional license from their local authority in addition to a storage registration. It is illegal to sell fireworks to persons under the age of 18 and a notice regarding the age of sale and possession must be displayed at the point of sale. All fireworks must comply with the UK Firework Safety Regulations and the 1997, 2003 & 2004 Fireworks (as amended) Regulations. You must record the name and address of anyone buying a quantity of fireworks containing more than 50kg net explosive content

Please note, Sparklers are fireworks and should be stored and sold as above.

A no smoking policy should be enforced anywhere where fireworks are being stored and sold.

Transporting fireworks

Fireworks are classified as explosives and cannot be sent through the post. This also applies to sparklers. Fireworks can only be shipped using a specialist courier and must be clearly marked to signify they are explosives.

Because of their classification they are also prohibited items on virtually all airline, ferry and shipping companies including the Channel Tunnel. There are some specialist companies that deal with dangerous goods by air but additional qualifications are needed to allow this. For example, those individuals preparing fireworks for dispatch will be required to be Dangerous Goods trained and hold a valid Dangerous Goods by Air certificate.

This is why fireworks as a rule can only be shipped to addresses on the mainland.

Fireworks insurance

Fireworks are a potentially hazardous product to use so for this reason it is a legal requirement to obtain fireworks insurance. The laws about insurance are always changing so this information should be taken as a guide only. If you are employing a professional display team you will not need to worry about fireworks insurance as this will be taken care of by the company supplying the fireworks.

For more information about fireworks insurance you should contact your local authorities and they will advise you on how to go about getting insured.